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Boston’s Largest Casting Company at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

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New workshop opportunity for young aspiring film and TV actors

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Legacy Farms Age Restricted Housing Plan Passes by 1 Vote

In the case of Article 30 on Day 3 of the Hopkinton Town Meeting, every single vote counted. Article 30 (Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to replace 200,000 sq. ft of commercial with 180 restricted units) or as many refer to as OSMUD featured about an hour and a half debate, 2 standing counts to end debate and 3 more standing counts to conclude the vote. It required a 2/3rd majority vote to allow Legacy Farms to convert 200,000 sq ft. (approx 20 acres) of commercial space to 180 age restricted housing units on the north side of Legacy Farms and by one single vote, the article passed.

It took 3 standing counts to get to the final tally. It failed the required 2/3rd majority in the 1st count with 82 against, 157 for, than a 2nd count took place and Article 30 passed with 166 for and 82 against but then a 3rd count was requested and resulted with 171 for and 85 against, the Article passed by one single vote (perhaps setting a town meeting record??).

The attractions to the proposed article included the fact if children lived in the housing units, the homeowners association would have to pay the town $9,000 per child, if they attend Hopkinton Public Schools. $1,860,000 is going to be paid towards improvements to the town ($750,000 toward town-wide trail network, $750,000 towards downtown, $360,000 to public safety) and $1,500,000 annually paid to the town. Roger MacDowell of Legacy Farms also presented there would be around an 80% reduction in traffic.

Chair of the Hopkinton youth commission, Hopkinton native and teacher Margie Wiggin liked the fact it would cut down on industry and bring more income to the town. Resident Connie Wright, thought the location made more sense for a residential property over commercial, she asked; "why would we put a commercial development near our state park and far away from major roads."

The most common consensus of the naysayers to the article were that the commercial space would be more beneficial, the towns water system could not handle the residential growth and the location could be dangerous with gas tanks near by. "This seems to be changing the will of what we approved with years of planning and debate." said one resident against the article. Resident Wendy Zimmerman stated; "It's within the blast zone of the gas tanks, i'm not really fond of putting a home there, I would rather put a business there that is vacant 12 hours a day." Zimmerman also wasn't comfortable with the density, (approximately 9 homes an acre) "we can't support that density, we are not on the Quabbin reservoir, all of our water comes from wells, public and private."

To see highlights of the debate watch the 1st video.

To see a humorous opposition to the article watch the 2nd video.

Sky's the Limit Courtyard Brick Order DEADLINE: Friday, May 15th

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The deadline to order an engraved brick to be placed in The Sky's the Limit Courtyard is Friday, May 15th! This is your chance to leave a lasting memory of your child's time at HMS or to honor a special teacher.

Work on the final phase of the Courtyard will begin in July for a Fall 2015 Grand Opening. In addition, Leadership Gifts of $1,000 and up will be recognized on a permanent plaque in the Courtyard.

Brick orders can be placed online or delivered to the HMS Main Office at 88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Department of Public Works releases Roads to be worked on this Summer

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As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2014 season and hope to continue that in 2015 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money in the most effective way.

Poetry Writing: All Levels Welcome!

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Our last poetry writing workshop was so much fun, we'll be offering two more! On Wednesday, May 27 and Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM, local poet Polly Brown will lead workshops at the Hopkinton Public Library. The writing of poetry is both playful and serious: a way of using language to sneak up on what you know about the world and yourself in it - and then give that away, adding to what the world knows about itself. We'll try out some strategies for getting started, and some ways of getting and giving support. You'll walk away with rough drafts and new ideas.

History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall

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As part of Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Celebration, a glimpse into the History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall will be presented by the Friends of Whitehall at the Hopkinton Historical Society on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM.

Suspicious Incident Involving Child

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The Hopkinton Police Department is actively investigating a suspicious incident involving a child who was approached by an older man. The child was attending a soccer game at the Fruit Street field when she was approached by a man driving a darker grey vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord. The man asked if the girl knew where a local restaurant was. The girl immediately ran away and told a coach.

Town Meeting Day 3 Updates

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View the Motions File by clicking the PDF above.
Article 29 - Community Preservation Recommendations - (Amended Divided into 2 motions) - Passed
(Motion 1: $123,268 for Open Space, $133,268 for community housing, $407,000 from community preservation fund) (Simple Majority Needed) - Passed(Motion 1: Part C Amended - Susan D. Gozzaldi changed to Degozzaldi, Open Space preservation commission changed to Hopkinton Area Land trust) - Passed
(Motion 1: Part D Amended - Open Space Preservation Commission changed to Hopkinton Area Land Trust) - Passed

Hopkinton Dems to Caucus May 21

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Hopkinton Democrats will caucus on 5/21 for the purpose of electing delegates to the 2015 Democratic State Convention.

This is an open meeting and all are invited. Anybody registered Democrat as of 1/31/15 is eligible to participate in the caucus, vote for potential delegates, and/or to run for and be selected as a delegate.

The caucus will be at 7pm at Town Hall in the basement meeting room. This room is handicapped accessible via the back door of Town Hall.

Hopkinton Autism & Special Needs Day Out, May 17

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The Hopkinton Police Department along with our new parent support group, Hopkinton Autism & Special Needs Parent Connection, will be hosting an Autism & Special Needs day out for Hopkinton Children/adults and their Parents or caregivers, Loved Ones, and Community Members touched by Autism or Special Needs.

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