Keefe Tech Drama Club Presents Romeo & Harriet

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The Keefe Regional Technical High School Drama Club will present Romeo and Harriet: A Musical Tragical Comedy in Two and a Half Acts, book by Charlie Lovett and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, on Friday, February 15th at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, February 16th at 2:00 pm in the Keefe auditorium at 750 Winter Street in Framingham.

The play is a modern parody of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, only here, the Capulets and Montagues are owners of rival department stores in New York City.

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HHS Cheerleaders Prepare for Nationals

For the second year in a row and for the fourth time in five years, the Hiller Cheerleaders will compete at Nationals. On February 14th, the team will head down to CHEERSPORT in Atlanta Georgia to compete against a thousand top high schools and all-star teams from across the country.

At last year's Nationals in Orlando, the team placed 6th in their division and out of all the teams at the competition, were honored with the Best Sportsmanship Award.

To receive a bid to Nationals, the team received over 160 out of 200 at the State Championship. And with Nationals fast approaching, the team has been working hard to make this year just as successful.

And in order to foster the teamwork needed to successfully perform the pyramid, a stunt that the whole team participates in, the girls have developed a special bond with each other both on and off the mat.

Another way the girls spent time with each other was through organizing and running fundraisers to help finance their trip to Nationals. In the month of January alone, the team sponsored an all you can eat pancake breakfast at Applebee's, a pizza fundraiser at Papa Ginos, a spaghetti dinner at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, and a clinic for aspiring cheerleaders. Thanks to community support, the team was able to raise the needed amount of money to make the trip official.

And as the captains' Hopkinton High cheerleading careers culminate, they know that there is a bright future ahead for the team.

This year, the team's performances on the 16th at 12:08pm and on 17th at 11:36am can be streamed live on Reporting for HCAM News, I'm Stephanie Kane.

Registry of Motor Vehicles Launches New Website

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles Division has transitioned to a new website making it the first motor vehicle administration in the nation poised to accept advertising in order to generate new revenue.

With more than 16 million website visits per year, the DOT COM switch offers limited advertising opportunities, and allows the RMV to develop clearer navigation to let customers perform their transactions with renewed confidence.

Planning Board to Re-Evaluate Fruit Street Master Plan

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As part of an update to the 2007 Hopkinton Master Plan, the Planning Board has decided to expand the scope of its review to include a section on the town-owned Fruit Street property. In a memo from Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel to the Board of Selectmen dated February 1, Weismantel says the plan is to evaluate the approved uses of the Fruit Street concept master plan and to look at potential uses for the future.

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Preview of College Planning Workshop with Ron Foisy

Watch the HCAM News video for a preview of the free College Planning Workshop presented by Ron Foisy of College Planning Strategies in the HCAM Studio on Monday, January 28. The workshop covered all the major topics including admission and financial aid advice:

  • How your assets and income can count against you when applying for financial aid, and what you can do about it.
  • What it takes to position your student to be the best candidate for more gift aid (Free Money) and fewer loans.
  • Which assets are considered when the US Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - which is the absolute minimum colleges will expect your family to pay for one year of school.
  • How preparing your financial aid applications the right way can maximize your financial assistance and minimize your out of pocket expenses.
  • How you can get ahead by developing a customized college plan for all of the college costs you will incur.
  • How to have the government pay a larger portion of your education expenses by legitimately increasing your tax deductions beyond the Hope Scholarship and the Lifetime Learning Credit.
  • How parents and students all too often focus on the "sticker price" of a college. With proper planning, going to a "more expensive" private university may actually end up costing less!

The full program will air during February on HCAM-TV - Comcast 8 and Verizon 30. Check our schedule and use the search button at the top of the page to search for "How to Optimize College Funding and Financial Aid".

Hopkinton Little League Calling All Coaches

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All coaching applicants please see the following message from Hopkinton Little League:

HLL 2013 Volunteer Application - REQUIRED BY FEBRUARY 15, 2013; SSN Mandatory per LexisNexis (LexisNexis used to check National Sex Offender Database) (Form is posted below).

Anyone volunteering in any capacity and/or having repetitive access to children in the Hopkinton Little League program (e.g. coaching, assistant coaching, team parent, field work, board member, regular dog house worker, etc.) must completely fill out the following:

Senator Spilka Advances to Majority Whip

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Yesterday, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) advanced Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) to serve as Majority Whip of the Massachusetts Senate. Previously, Spilka served as Assistant Majority Whip.

Hopkinton's Stephanie Torosian Captain for Lacrosse Team

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Senior Stephanie Torosian, studying Health Promotion at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina has been named a Tri-Captain of the Chanticleer's Lacrosse Team.

Torosian, a class of 2008 Hopkinton High graduate, spent three seasons between the pipes for the Hillers before playing two seasons as the Bulldogs' Goalie at Dean College.

"I feel really honored to be named a captain with Lily and Kaitlyn," said Torosian. "It's a great feeling to be part of organizing a first-year program."

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January 2013 in Pictures from the HCAM Shoot

As 2013 kicked off, January was another busy month in Hopkinton. Summer seemed particularly faraway this month with freezing cold temperatures and snow on both the 16th and on the 28th. But the weather didn't stop the community from making a difference. From the inspiring speeches and community service projects on Martin Luther King Day, to a concert to buy a piano for the Respite Center, and a message from Brownie Troop 65040 about the importance of not littering, residents showed that they were willing to lend a helping hand. This yes you can attitude was inspired by Rick and Dick Hoyt, the father and son team who have been running the Boston Marathon for 30 years. The duo made their first of two appearances in town on the 26th for a book signing at Colella's Supermarket. Construction of a statue honoring them is currently underway.

January was also a busy month for the schools as the search for a new superintendent continued with interviews from finalists Dr. Steven Hiersche, Dr. Andrew Keough, and Ms. Cathy MacLeod. On the 30th, MacLeod was named as Hopkinton's superintendent.

And in High School sports news, both the boys and girls indoor tracks teams' records remained unblemished at 8-0 after a wins over Millis. And the boys basketball team, currently with an 8-5 record, capped off a remarkable home victory against Medway on the 12th thanks to Hank Rudden's buzzer beater.

To see more photos from around Hopkinton for the month of January, visit the HCAM photo website Scene in Hopkinton.

FREE Seminar: Virtual Reality/Real Danger

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The Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Committee is providing the following FREE seminar, "Virtual Reality / Real Danger - Understanding How To Navigate Modern Cyberspace". The event will be held on February 5th at Hopkinton High School Auditorium from 6:30-8:30pm. The format is directed at protection of children focusing on cyber-safety. With so much technology at the finger tips of children today, recognizing dangerous behaviors can be very difficult. As a community the recognition and proactive actions of parents and community leaders can make all the difference.


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