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Video Segment: Highlights of Hopkinton Middle School Talent Show

Students at Hopkinton Middle School took their talents to the stage at the Middle School talent show this past week. Here is a look at the many talented performers.

Don't Tolerate Disrespectful Behavior

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Respect for others is an essential element of a productive learning environment. Is your teen disrespectful? Establish guidelines for behavior now. Remember you are the parent and you are in charge!
Here are some ideas to try:

Make a list of acceptable behaviors. “In our house, we don't ... ” (use bad words, call people names, leave a mess for someone else to pick up, borrow without asking, etc.).

HHS Drama Ensemble's "The Tempest" Opens Today!

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The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble will be performing 3 showings of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in March at the High School Auditorium.

Show times are Thursday, March 12, at 4:00 pm. Friday and Saturday March 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $10.00 for General Admission and $5.00 for Students and Senior Citizens.

All proceeds are to benefit the Drama Ensemble's trip to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

Fifth Annual Boosters Fundraiser featuring Hot Accoustics

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Sign up today for the Hopkinton High School Athletic Boosters fifth annual sports fundraiser to be held at the Hopkinton Country Club on Saturday, March 14, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are now only $60 per person. Back by popular demand, “Hot Acoustics” band will rock the house and there will be plenty of cool raffle prizes and silent auction items such as sports artwork from the NE Sports Museum.

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Video Segment: Ashland and Hopkinton Talk Fire Department Merger

Hopkinton and Ashland held public meetings in each town to talk about a possible merger of the towns Fire Departments. Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark mentioned the potential merger has been talked about since 2003.Throughout the last 12 years or so, studies on budget, needs, equipment, personnel and facility needs have been done in both towns. Both departments have a similar staffing structure, Hopkinton features 5 administrative staff members and 4 duty groups which feature 5 Fire Fighters. Overall Hopkinton features 16 responders and a 21 member staff compared to Ashland's 3 administrative staff, 16 responders and overall 19 member staff.

Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo talked about reasons the merger is a possibility; "The combined capital plan would allow the communities to use greater efficiency when purchasing new apparatus. This practice is already in place, for example, there is equipment that Ashland purchased and because of that reason there is no reason for Hopkinton to purchase." An example of equipment Hopkinton uses is Ashland's ladder truck.

Hopkinton's Pat O' Brien expressed disagreement with the proposed plan at the Hopkinton meeting stating concern that in certain areas such as Woodville it could take more time to get an Ashland ambulance than a Westborough ambulance. Former Ashland Firefighter Izzy Assencoa also was in disagreement with the proposed plan; "I think both towns should start taking care of their own town, we're fine in Ashland.. We need more guys.. My ladder truck in Ashland comes here all the time, I know it's mutual aid, that's the way it is.. I'm paying for that ladder, I think Hopkinton should get their own ladder."

Hopkinton Selectmen John Mosher closed out the public meeting with the reminder that the merger is only a possibility for both towns and public input is encouraged. "We are looking for creative ways to meet the explosive demands that both towns are experiencing, and I think anyone driving through both towns will see some of the unique demands particularly coming up on the border of the two towns...this merger is an attempt that has the roots and operational demands and has been promoted thus far by both chiefs and we'll continue to take public input and both Boards of Selectmen will consider that and we'll move forward ."

If the plan proceeds Selectmen in both towns are expected to decide if they should seek approval for a town meeting and develop a capital plan sometime during the summer. If the plan ends up passing in both towns, the cross-town fire department is expected to be in full operation by July 1st, 2016.

For More Information watch the video below and stay tuned to HCAM News.

Planning Board Discusses Town Meeting Articles

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Town Meeting Articles were a main topic of discussion for the Planning Board during their Monday, March 9 meeting. Among these were a proposed article for parking in the Downtown Business district and the Crossroads Redevelopment district.

Simple Rules Make Life Easier

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At school or on the playing field, teens know that they need to follow the rules. It should be no different at home. Here's how a simple set of rules will help everything go much smoother:
Change misbehavior by setting positive goals. Concentrate on what you want your teen to do, not what you don't want him to do.
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Clearly communicate expectations and limits. If you must enforce a rule, enforce it every time.

Upcoming Decorations Workshops for the Post Prom Party

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Upcoming Decorations Workshops for the Post Prom Party:

Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday ,March 19th
6:00-9:00pm in the HHS Cafeteria

All are welcome and needed!
No commitment, you don’t have to join our committee, just come have some fun cutting, painting, measuring, etc.
Come for the whole time or whatever time you can spare.
Be creative or follow our lead.
We would love to see you there!

- Post Prom Decorating Committee

Premiere Firefighting Camp for Girls Taking Applications Now

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In coalition with the Ashland Fire Department and the Board of Selectmen, Camp
Bailout Summer Program will be held, for the fifth consecutive year, July 13th
through the 17th.

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Video Segment: Rick and Dick Hoyt Visit Elmwood School

Rick and his Father Dick Hoyt told their story at Elmwood School. The father and son are well known for competing in the Boston Marathon in addition to other marathons, triathalons and athletic competitions. At birth Rick Hoyt was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy but that has not stopped the father and son from competing in over 1000 athletic events and they are a prime example showing that anything is possible. This year they brought their message to Elmwood School of Yes you can.

HCAM News talked with Rick's Father Dick Hoyt: "When Rick was born, they didn't want us going to restaurants, they didn't want him going to school, they didn't want us competing in the Boston Marathon or road races and now we are wanted all over the world." Dick Hoyt talked about a number of trips to various countries the Father and Son will be doing to help grow team Hoyt throughout the world. Team Hoyt will soon be heading to Italy as well as a race in New Bedford. Dick mentioned in addition to the Team Hoyt in New England a Team Hoyt has been started in many other states and countries including Virginia, San Diego, Canada and soon will be started in Japan.

Rick and Dick Hoyt have competed in over 1,000 athletic competitions and will continue to participate in more. At the age of 75, Dick mentioned he will be taking a break from Marathons but Rick will still compete in this years Boston Marathon with a family friend and Dentist from Billerica Bryan Lyons.

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