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The End of Summer at Sandy Beach

A sign of the end of the summer season; Sandy Beach officially closed for the summer on August 18th. Lifeguards say that the beach, which is operated by the Parks and Recreation Commission, was quieter over the past few weeks as the weather began to cool off. When HCAM News visited Sandy Beach a few days before the close, it was empty, until campers from the Playground Camp came down for some fun in the sun.

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Highlights: Twelfth Night

Check out the video highlights of ESL's production of Twelfth Night performed on August 3 as part of the Shakespeare Under the Stars series.

Senior Picnic Wednesday August 21

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Mark your calendars for the annual picnic at the New England Laborer’s Training Center, 37 East Street, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Dykema for seniors in her district which includes seniors in Hopkinton, Holliston, Southborough and Westborough. This popular event will feature free hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings, as well as prizes and a chance to socialize in a festive setting. Transportation is available, but Hopkinton seniors must sign up at the Senior Center by Monday, August.19.

Downtown Detour Coming This Wednesday

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On Wednesday and Thursday, August 21st and 22nd, Main Street and Route 85 traffic will be detoured. Detours routes will be posted. The work hours will be from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Please plan your commute accordingly.

Work Begins on School and West Main Street Traffic Light on August 19

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Work begins at the intersection of School and West Main streets on Monday, August 19 as the street light project, approved by Town Meeting in May, gets underway. According to DPW Director John Westerling, traffic impacts are expected to be minimal as most of the initial work is taking place along the shoulders of the road, except for a period of three to four days at the end of September when paving takes place. Work hours for the project are from 7AM to 4PM Monday through Friday and the targeted completion date for the project is October 21, 2013.

Volunteers Needed for Vacancies on Zoning Advisory Committee and Design Review Board

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Vacancies exist on both the Zoning Advisory Committee and the Design Review Board. Descriptions of responsibilities and qualifications are listed below.

Spilka files bill to repeal sales tax on computer software design services

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Today, Senator Karen Spilka announced her intention to file a bill to repeal the “tech tax.” The expansion of the sales tax to computer software design services became effective on July 31 and has since caused considerable confusion and concern throughout the digital industry sector in Massachusetts.

Dykema Discusses Town Water Issues With Planning Board

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The Planning Board met on August 12 to discuss the water and storm water policy in Hopkinton with Representative Carolyn Dykema. Hopkinton is in the middle of developing its Master Plan for the town, and water has an impact on how Hopkinton can develop.

Board of Selectmen Meet Tonight - Scheduled to Fill Open Seats on Parks & Rec

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Selectmen are scheduled to meet tonight, Tuesday, August 13 beginning at 6:30PM in Room 215 at Town Hall. The meeting is expected to adjourn at approximately 9:15PM. Of note on tonight's agenda is the introduction of several new town employees who will be officially introduced to the public and include the new Superintendent of Schools, Cathy MacLeod, the new Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer Floyd, the new Assistant Town Clerk, Brenda McCann and Hopkinton's newest firefighter Sarah Jordan.

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An Interview with Superintendent Cathy MacLeod

While her official start date was July 1, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Hopkinton's new superintendent of schools, has been gathering information and preparing for her new role in Hopkinton since February when she was selected to lead the Hopkinton school district. Sitting in her office at the administration building on Hayden Rowe, MacLeod says it feels good to be in Hopkinton.

Watch the HCAM News interview to learn what MacLeod has been working on this summer, what she is planning for opening day and what she is planning for the upcoming year.

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