200 Golfers Tee Off for the Library

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Hundreds of children and adults flocked to the Hopkinton Public Library on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14 to play miniature golf. Hosted by Hopkinton Public Library Foundation for the second year, this creative community event not only raised funds for the restoration, renovation and expansion of the Library, but also showcased the most recent versions of the refined Library design, available here and here.

Christopher McClure Resigns as Technology Director

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Last week Christopher (“Chris The Cloud Man”) McClure submitted his resignation from his position as Technology Director for the Town of Hopkinton effective March 25, 2015, which I have accepted. Chris has accepted a new position in the Town of North Andover, which is much closer to his home and family.

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Video Segment: HMS Assistant Principal Talks Marathon Goals Program

A few weeks ago on HCAM News Middle School Assistant Principal Maryellen Grady announced she will be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Sky’s the limit Middle School Courtyard project. She mentioned her goal is to raise $5,000 for the project and this helped inspire a school wide program to encourage students to reach their goals before the Boston Marathon. The students goals are posted around the school hallways on yellow sheets and the staff posted their goals on Pink Sheets. "Their writing a goal that's attainable that can be reached before April 20th." Assistant Principal, Maryellen Grady Explains; "It's too teach the idea of perseverance and to be resilient individuals."

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Team Runderdogs Run Boston for House of Possibilities.

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Hopkinton resident and runner Julia McGovern has her eye on the Boston Marathon next month and has put in the time and energy to raise money for the House of Possibilities. Julia's mom, Kel has put out a plea for support.

Upcoming Events at the Library

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On Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 PM, Irish Balladeer Paul Carroll will perform Celtic music. And on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 PM, explore how a volunteer experience can be a pathway to change, new connections, self-fulfillment, and well-being with SOAR 55, an organization that mobilizes adults age 55+ to contribute their skills and experience to nonprofits and public organizations in Newton and MetroWest. Hear from volunteers who will share their stories of service and transition and learn about the breadth and depth of opportunities available in our communities.

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Video Segment: Board of Selectmen talk possible Fire Department Merger and receive Legacy Farms Update

The Board of Selectmen agreed that expoloring a potential merger between the Hopkinton and Ashland Fire Department was a good study but based on the reaction at public forums and the general feeling towards the plan in both towns, the plan for collaboration should go no further. Selectmen Chair Todd Cestari said he was glad the Board did the study to weigh the options; "The reason we were looking into this was to save money, the more information we got, it didn't seem like that was going to pan out or there was some pretty great risk at it kind of being a break even or costing more. It seemed like we were going to be adding management layers and putting a lot more boots on the ground... it did not seem like anything we couldn't accomplish on our own for lesser money...I think this is a great example of something we're going out there, we're studying it and found it's not something we want to pursue."

Roy MacDowell of Legacy Farms gave an update on devolepment adding to the 730 acre site. The proposed plan would add 180 units of age restricted housing in place of 200,000 square feet of commercial space on the north side of Legacy farms, beyond Rafferty Road. "Over the last couple of months we have gone to the zoning advisory committee.. and got approval to move forward to the planning board." Roy is hoping to secure the support of the Selectmen and Planning Board in there meeting on March 23rd.

If the project gets approval at town meeting as part of the host community agreement approximately 1.8 million dollars would go to the town. Roy stated, $360,000 of that would be going to the Fire Department and various life safety issues in town, 1.5 million dollars would go toward downtown improvements and expanding the trail system throughout Hopkinton. MacDowell stated the use of the money will be decided by the Selectmen; "These are choices that I believe were made by the Selectmen but we would be giving you the money to use at your discretion."

In part of further developments set to take place at legacy farms Roy mentioned building on the North Road could start by April 1st and the planned completion date is thanksgiving.

Hopkinton Parks & Recreation's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday April 4th at 11:00am Meet the Easter Bunny on the Town Common. Hopkinton Drug welcome preschool to 2nd grade children. Please bring a basket to collect your candy and hunt for special prize eggs.

Night of Hope Fundraising Evening

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Straight Ahead Ministries is hosting a Night of Hope Fundraising Evening at Faith Community Church from 6:00-8:00 PM on Saturday, April 18. This inspiring evening will include a special guest performance by Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of legendary Ray Charles, who will perform some of her father's best-loved songs.

You'll also enjoy live music, appetizers, and a silent auction - all followed by a live auction that you won't want to miss! Auction items include a Key West vacation package, a signed Tom Brady jersey and 4 Patriots home game tickets.

Autism & Special Needs Night Out Planning Meeting

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Hopkinton Autism & Special Needs Parent Connection

This group was created by 4 moms with the desire to reach out to other parents with children on the Autism Spectrum or with Special Needs in the Hopkinton School System.

Colella's Sold for $3.3 Million

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According to reports Colella's Supermarket at 61 Main Street in Hopkinton has been sold for $3.3 Million Dollars to Crosspoint Associates, Inc. out of Waltham. The company purchased the nearly two-acre property and 22,000 square foot building as Hopkinton CP LLC. The Liquor store area of Colella's currently remains open. No specifics have been released on if the liquor license was included in the sale. The Liquor store will remain open until the sale is finalized.


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