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Upton Woman's Club Hosting its Annual Fall Fair

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On November 7, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Upton Woman’s Club will hold its Annual Fall Fair at the Blackstone Regional Tech High School, 65 Pleasant St., Upton, MA.

Come, see, touch and get an opportunity to win the much talked about famous and beautiful Upton Woman’s Club Handmade Quilt. Select from numerous vendors offering a large variety of items for you and your home - for the holidays and beyond. Enjoy delicious food from the “Kountry Kafe’.” Take home some home-made canned and baked goods. You will enjoy the unique crafts and pre-owned treasures on display.

Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 6

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To all Veterans and friends:

Quick, come grab a seat at the mess hall for your ration of chipped beef. This month it will be served on Friday, 6 November 2015, at 0900 hours at the Hopkinton Senior Center. Invite other veterans to enjoy the camaraderie and good chow.

Many local veterans are available to pass in review at various online links. Pay a visit,

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What is your favorite actor or actress?

Question of the Week: We want to know what is your favorite actor or actress?

Host Family Needed for Exchange Student

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Are you interested in being a host family for one of Hopkinton High School’s international students? We are looking for someone to host a Vietnamese senior boy for the remainder of year ending in early June. He is friendly, interesting, quiet, loves sports and playing soccer, and is a good student. Host families receive a tax free $700 monthly stipend. Educatius International pays a referral bonus of $100 if your referral decides to host.

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Video: Scouts Drop by HCAM to Talk Scouting for Food on November 7th

On Saturday November 7th 2015, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Hopkinton will be collecting food for the Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry to help our local residents in need. Since the first Scouting for Food drive, the number of families who rely on the food pantry in Hopkinton has risen dramatically with even more families requiring assistance year-round. Help the Scouts Help Hopkinton!
Items needed:
• canned meat (tuna, chicken, spam, hash)
• canned meals (beef stew)
• canned pasta / mac & cheese
• canned fruit (“lite”)
• juice bottles and boxes
• baking items
• school snack items
• hot chocolate / ground coffee / tea
• paper products
• laundry detergent
• toiletries (shampoo, deodorant)
• toothpaste and brushes
Expiration dates must be January 2016 or greater. Please place your donations in plastic bags near your mailbox by 10 AM Saturday November 7th.

Zoning Board of Appeals Denies Anti-CVS Group

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After two days of public hearings, this Wednesday 10/14 and last Wednesday 10/7, the Zoning Board of Appeals have denied the appeal against CVS Pharmacy. A group of Hopkinton residents filed an appeal to prevent CVS from being built at the location of the former Colella's building arguing that CVS is a "healthcare facility" and not retail, therefore it should be barred from the former Colella's because of a town bylaw preventing health services facilities from being built at that location.

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Video: Golden Pond Surprises Fire Department with Lunch

Some of the staff of Golden Pond went down to the Fire Department and served up some lunch to thank them for their service. Chef Chris Reid cooked up some delicious food to thank the Fire Department for all the help they have given Golden Pond.

Executive Director Dr. Barry Zeltzer, Chef Chris Reid, Jen Belesi and Kris Leardi made the surprise visit. Leardi expressed gratitude for the help the Hopkinton Fire Department has provided to Golden Pond throughout the years; "we are really here to thank the Fire Department which has always been so helpful to Golden Pond. We have a lot of residents, over 180 residents and they are always in our building and we appreciate their service to us so we are making a lunch for them."

Chef Reid cooked up: Grilled Chicken with herbed cheese on ciabatta bread with lettuce, tomato and bacon as well as apple crisp with whip cream.

..... and now I'm hungry.

Check out the lunchtime surprise in the video below.

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Video: Board of Appeals CVS Public Hearing

To start off the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Mark Hyman was nominated as Chair and Michael Pierce the Vice Chair as the board agreed to reorganize.

The ZBA than focused on the main topic of interest, the appeal of CVS moving in to 61 main street, which housed the former Colella's. The public hearing started off with a debate on if latecomers to the appeal, Hopkinton Drug owner Dennis Katz and resident Jason Mahon should be allowed to join after Mike Patel dropped from the appeal. After hearing both sides, the board moved the discussion to the issue at hand, whether CVS is a health services facility (which is not allowed in the downtown area) or is specifically a retail business and would be allowed in the downtown business district.

Attorney Eric Goldberg representing the appellants of the CVS argued that CVS through its advertising, marketing materials and own filings markets themselves as a healthcare facility. "Their argument is that we are not a healthcare services facility so we don't get bogged down on that quagmire but what we are proposing to install in that existing space is a retail store and the pharmacy is simply an accessory to a principal retail use, and that's a fallacy."

Licensed Pharmacist Todd Brown who is also "Executive Director of Massachusetts Independent Pharmacist Association" testified on behalf of the appellants stating that pharmacies are responsible to provide information and advise about medication and provide what is beyond a retail service. "If they don't do these services, if they don't evaluate the drug therapy or if they don't educate the patient appropriately on the use of the medication they're actually held liable.. so these are not services that you would think just a normal retail establishment would provide."

Hopkinton's Assistant Building Inspector Mike Shepard argued that despite being a pharmacy CVS is a retail facility. "Of course they dispense drugs that's obvious, whether CVS sells film, lipstick and hearing aids, it doesn't matter, they sell it all at retail."

Marisa Pizzi, one of the Attorneys representing Crosspoint Associates (Leaser of 61 Main Street to CVS) argued the services provided by the parent company CVS health are getting grouped in with the purpose of the retail stores: "the types of services that may be provided by CVS health, the parent association is not relevant. CVS Pharmacy Inc. is a registered foreign corporation in Massachusetts and it's registered for the purpose of doing business as a retail pharmacy chain."

After 3 hours of discussion the public hearing ran out of time and will continue at town hall, 7pm Wednesday October 14. See highlights in the video below.

EMC purchased by Dell for $67 Billion

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The New York Times is calling it "the biggest takeover ever of a technology company" as Dell purchased Hopkinton based EMC for $67 billion dollars.

EMC posted the following on their website www.emc.com : "Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company."

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Video: HCAM News 9-25-2015

On this edition of HCAM news, Michael Macione lets you know what you can learn at this years Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series, we have responses to our question of the week and we get you up to date with Hillers Sports as the fall season is in full swing but first after 32 years of service to the Hopkinton Police department, the board of selectmen honored officer Pat O’ Brien as he gets set to enjoy retirement.

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