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8th Grade Parents Night at Hopkinton High January 17

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Dear 8th grade parents,

Please join us next Thursday, January 17th at 7 p.m. for 8th grade parent night. This is an important night for all parents of next year's incoming 9th graders. We will discuss the upcoming scheduling process for the 2013-2014 school year. The curriculum team leaders from all departments will be present if you have specific curriculum questions. Also, student council representatives will be available to give tours of the building. We hope you will be able to join us next Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the high school athletic center.

Another Win for Boys and Girls Track

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The Boys and Girls Track teams both came out on top in the meet against Medway today at the High School Athletic Center. The boys beat Medway 68-18 and the girls finished with a final score of 63-09. Both teams remain undefeated.

"Some solid performance, especially by Ryan Bohlin in the shot and the 300, " said Coach Donahue.

Bohlin threw 44'11.5" finishing first for the Hillers. In other races, Derek Winshman finished first in the hurdles with a time of 6.8 seconds. Patrick Levenson finished first in the 1000 meter (2:54.9).

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HHS Cheerleaders Raise Money for Nationals

Here's an invitation from the HHS Cheerleaders to the upcoming fundraiser at Papa Gino's in Ashland on Wednesday, January 16th.

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What to Do If You Get the Flu

Watch the HCAM News video with Dr. Michael Newstein, MD, PhD, a specialist in Infectious Disease medicine at the Milford Regional Medical Center, as he talks about what to expect for the 2012 -2013 flu season, what to do if you get the flu, and when to see your doctor.

For more information about the seasonal flu, visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Why You Should Give Blood: "Mary's Story"

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From Hopkinton resident Jackie Potenzone:

I read an article in the news on the critical shortage of blood at this time and the need for donations. I want to tell you why I donated blood after reading the story, and why I'm now a blood donor.

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Field Rations for Combat Troops at the Veterans Breakfast

French toast, toaster pastries, and chili. Doesn't sound too bad, right? And thanks to a large amount of continuous research and development those options, plus many more, are now available for our nation's soldiers serving oversees. Many of these innovations are being developed at the Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center located in Natick. Representatives from the Center came to talk to at the Senior Center during the January Veterans Breakfast.

One of the biggest differences between what the veterans at the breakfast had when they served and what today's soldiers currently have in terms of food are options. Before the early 90s, soldiers basically ate what they were given in their Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). Now, there are 24 different varieties of MREs, and all of the recipes are tested beforehand and are approved by soldiers.

One of the biggest reasons for the change in attitude about food choices is based upon giving soldiers the tastiest and healthiest meals possible in order to increase performance levels in such a demanding physical and mental job.

Although both Natick representatives Robert Bernazzani and Patty Cariveau realize that the veterans in attendance may not have gotten the same food amenities as soldiers do now, they hope that the veterans appreciate the effort being taken to make improvements.

Watch the HCAM News video below to hear more!

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HCAM Insider: Week of 1/4/13

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the HCAM Insider segment for the week of January 7, the first Insider segment of 2013!

On Monday, January 7 at 7:00 PM, feature performer Steven Cramer reads from his book of poetry “Clangings,” in which the narrator suffers from a cognitive disorder, and also reads from some of his other works.

At 9:00 PM, a new episode of Manager’s Corner with Rownak Hussain, Director of the Hopkinton Public Library, will air. In this episode, Hussain sits down with host Chris McClure to discuss some of the services the library has to offer.

Finally, at 10:00 PM on HCAM-ED, the Ice Hockey team goes up against Medway in this playback from the January 5th game.

Tuesday night brings us more Hillers Sports games. Who will come out on top when the Ice Hockey team plays against Westborough? Find out during this playback of the game on January 8 at 10:00 PM on HCAM-ED.

On HCAM-TV, the Hillers Swimming and Diving meet against Norwell that took place on January 5 will playback at 10:30.

On Wednesday, January 9, Hopkinton’s Fire Chief, Ken Clark, will be this week’s guest host on The HOP Seat. Don’t forget to call in at 435-7887 if you have a question, or to submit a question through www.hcam.tv/hop.

At 10:00 PM on HCAM-ED, the Swimming and Diving team goes up against Holliston during this playback of their swim meet.

On Friday, January 11, the Hillers Boys’ basketball team plays against Medway. This game against Medway will first be broadcast live from the Hopkinton High School gym, and will then play back at 10:00 PM on HCAM-ED.

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School Committee Interviews & Community Forum Scheduled - First Interview on January 7

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The Hopkinton School Committee is pleased to announce that interviews have been scheduled with the four finalists recommended by the Superintendent Search Screening Committee, for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Each finalist will be individually interviewed by the School Committee, following a visit to the district which will include a tour of each school and meetings with administrators, faculty, staff members, and parents. The hour-long interviews will take place during a posted Working Session, in the High School, Room A-219 and will begin at 7:00 PM.

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Heritage Quilt Raising Funds for Library Expansion

In July of 2011, Hopkinton was awarded a library construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Initially waitlisted near the bottom of the list, Hopkinton moved up to the #5 spot in October of 2012. Hopkinton's grant will cover $4.5 million out of the total estimated cost of $10.2 million needed for the library expansion project. The town is responsible for the remainder.

Watch the HCAM News video to learn how the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in September 2011 to raise private funds for the restoration, expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of the Hopkinton Public Library, is partnering with the Marathon Quilters to create the Heritage Quilt Project, a fundraiser and an opportunity for residents to be involved in a community project.

"Basically, it is going to be a quilt that represents a book shelf," said Lindsay McDermott, an HPLF member.

A sample of what the quilt will look like is currently on display over the fireplace in the libary and the Marathon Quilters are already at work on the actual Heritage Quilt, with the first official spine, donated by Susan Marshall in memory of Paul Annunziata, finished in December.

If you are interested in supporting the library expansion project and would like to purchase a spine for the Heritage Quilt Project, stop by the library for more details or visit the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation website.

To print an order form to order a book spine, Click Here.

MassDOT to Present Proposed Changes to I-495/I-90 Interchange

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On Tuesday, January 8, the Board of Selectmen will hear a presentation by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) on the I-495/I-90 & I-495/Route 9 Intersection study. The purpose of the study is to “identify improvements to address the traffic congestion and safety issues surrounding the interchange of I-495 and Route 9 in the Towns of Westborough and Southborough.” The study area will also cover the I-495/Route 9 and I-495/I-90 interchanges between I-90 and Route 9, and extending approximately one mile in either direction from the interchanges.

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