The 7th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Hopkinton Police Department at 74 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Madalynne Kendall

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Joyce Alexander announces the birth of her daughter Madalynne Kendall Alexander on July 23, 2013. Madalynne's proud grandparents are Pattie and Patrick Alexander of Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Cheerleaders Off to a Winning Start

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And the train keeps rolling. The Hopkinton Cheerleaders bested several Division 2 teams to take first place at the Milford Invitational Cheer Competition this weekend. It appears they haven’t lost any of the momentum from last year. (The Hopkinton Cheerleaders made it to the New England’s last winter). This is a strong dedicated team with a great group of freshmen and sophomores athletes; led by the tried and true juniors and especially the seniors who over the four years have dedicated countless hours of practice and perseverance to guide this team to victory year after year.

20 Applications Received for Chief of Police Position

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Hopkinton is getting closer to completing the search process for its next Police Chief. The Police Chief Selection Committee is pleased to announce the Town received 20 applications for the position at the close of the application period, October 18, 2013.

250 Unit Residential Development Proposed Off Lumber Street

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On the Planning Board’s agenda for Monday, October 21 is the review of “Hopkinton Mews”, a proposed residential development off Lumber Street with a total of 250 units, comprised of 63 affordable and 187 market rate rentals. Formerly part of “The Acres at Hopkinton” residential/commercial proposal this past spring, this proposal is for a residential development only.

As outlined in a memo by Director of Land Use, Permitting and Planning Elaine Lazarus to the Planning Board in preparation for the meeting, a brief summary of the proposed project includes:

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"LYLH" - Live Your Life Happy - A One Man Show by Tommy Karner

For Hopkinton High graduate and now current senior at Fitchburg State University Tommy Karner, expressing himself through film and theater has always been important to him. This fall, Karner is combining these passions and is producing and starring in a one man show called "LYLH", which stands for Live Your Life Happy.

Karner started writing "LYLH" about a year ago. And now in its final stages of production before rehearsals start, Karner and his friend, Fitchburg State student John O'Brien, were in Hopkinton at the HCAM Studio in late August to record audio for the show.

Karner says he is excited about sharing the show's message about finding happiness with others.

"LYLH" premiers at Fitchburg State at 7pm on October 22nd and runs until the 27th. Tickets are $3 at the door and all proceeds will go towards cancer research.

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New CPR Equipment Now in Use by Hopkinton's Fire Department

Watch the HCAM News video with Hopkinton Fire Department Paramedic Tim Healy as he explains the benefits of the department's new CPR equipment.

In a time where a matter of a few seconds could mean the difference between saving a person's life or not, the Hopkinton Fire Department now has access to state-of-the-art equipment that will help paramedics administer care quicker and more effectively during cardiac emergencies. The LUCAS chest compression system, which is also being used in a handful of neighboring communities, allows for a machine to perform chest compressions on a victim during CPR, which increases circulation to the brain.

LUCAS was developed in Sweden in the early 2000s and first came to the US about eight years later. The inspiration for the device came from a seemingly unlikely source, a toilet plunger. To operate LUCAS, the emergency provider essentially needs to just setup up the machine and turn it on. Because the machine does the majority of the work, this frees up the paramedic to provide the patient with additional medical care. It also allows for the patient to receive care in places that performing CPR manually would be too difficult, as well as assures that the paramedic stays safe. With new equipment available to fire departments such as LUCAS, Hopkinton Fire Department Paramedic Tim Healy says that an ambulance is no longer simply a vehicle to transport patients to the hospital.

Currently the Fire Department has two machines, one for each ambulance. The machines, which cost around $15,000 each, were purchased a few months ago with money donated by community members in honor of former Hopkinton resident Marjorie Peloquin, who passed away in 2009. According to Healy, cardiac arrest is one of the leading killers of adults and is a emergency that the department often attends to.

Healy also believes that it is important for community members to be knowledgeable in case of an emergency. And therefore, the department offers a CPR training class on the last Tuesday of every month.

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Baypath Paws and Claws 5K Fundraiser This Sunday

On October 20th, Baypath Humane Society will be holding their annual Paws and Claws fundraiser. Now in its 4th year, the 5K event, which takes place at Hopkinton State Park, gives community members and their furry friends a chance to take in the scenery during peak foliage season.

The event is open to everyone, including those with or without dogs, walkers, and runners, and gives those who have adopted pets from Baypath a chance to come together. The course is also certified by United States Track and Field (USATF).

New this year, there will also be a kids' quarter-mile Fun Run before the 5K, giving even Baypath's youngest supporters a chance to partake in the event.

After the race, there will be a buffet for participants as well as prizes. Male and female winners in several age divisions will be issued awards for the 5K, all Fun Run participants will receive a medal, and there will be customized bandannas and treats for the four-legged participants as well. Baypath T-shirts will be on sale, with proceeds from the entire event going toward providing care for animals at the shelter waiting to find a forever home.

Mark your calendars for Saturday October 20th for a doggone good time! Registration is ongoing on Baypath 's website, or can be done in person the day of the race beginning at 9am. The Fun Run starts at 10:40am and the 5K begins at 11am. Registration is $25 before October 15th and $30 on the 15th or later for the 5K and $3 for the Fun Run.

Water Meter Installs for Pond Street, Lake Maspenock and Thayer Heights Area

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Please be advised that the DPW water and sewer division will be installing new outside water meter reading units at customer’s homes and business in the Pond Street, Lake Maspenock and Thayer Heights area. In most cases this does not require entry into the home. However, in some instances technicians may need to gain access to your basement to make the necessary connection.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Eric J. Carty
Water-Sewer Manager
PO Box 171
Hopkinton MA, 01748
P 508-497-9765
F 508-497-9767

Senator Spilka Hosts 2013 Senior Health & Wellness Fair

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Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 26th at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn more about ways to continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Throughout the course of the day, seniors will participate in a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. The Fair will also include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.


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