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Hopkinton Garden Club Wins First Place at Boston Flower and Garden Show

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The Hopkinton Garden Club congratulates its members Henry Schmidt, Deborah Coleman, Kathy Yankee, Audrey Dempsey, Liz Swenson, and Merylyn Mezitt on winning the blue ribbon in the Design Division’s “Circle of Life” Club Competition.

“Circle of Life” requires a buffet table design for six or more set for a baby shower. Four competing clubs each select a baby (past or present) for their intended shower recipient. Our members chose Peter Rabbit as their “baby” thinking it would be fun to work with and easily accessorized by the participants personal rabbit themed pieces.

Poetry Marathon at the Library Running Now Through May 2

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April is Marathon Month and National Poetry Month. We've combined the two!

Adults and teens - read 26 poems to complete the "marathon." Pick up your reading log at the library. Complete the marathon by May 2 and turn in your log sheet to qualify for a raffle entry and a chance to win a prize.

Children - read (or be read) 3 poems and we'll put your name on a leaf to decorate our fabulous "Poet Tree".

Poetry Writing at the Library - All Levels Welcome!

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Local poet Polly Brown will lead a poetry writing workshop at the Hopkinton Public Library on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 PM. 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. Everyone is welcome - feel free to join us even if you've never tried poetry writing before.

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Video Segment: Hopkinton Special Olympics and Hopkinton Police Play Annual Basketball Game

The Hopkinton Police department got a chance to test their basketball skills against the Hopkinton Special Olympics team. The annual basketball game between the Police Department and Special Olympics team was attended by many and a good time was had by all in a successful effort to benefit a great cause. Despite the losing effort by the Hopkinton Police Department, Coach of the Police team Phil Powers still had a great time; "It's a fun event for all of us, the Police Department loves doing it." Chief of the Hopkinton Police Department, Edward Lee enjoyed the game as well, with a big grin the Chief pointed out that the Police have to work on their Basketball skills "Its my second year doing this and we lost both times, I think conditioning was a problem, so we're going to work on that and maybe get a big win next year."

Hopkinton Special Olympics Program Director Alec Levine mentioned that the Special Olympics team and volunteers look forward to this game all season long; "This is the highlight of our season, we are fortunate enough to play an awful lot of games throughout the course of the year, we have been able to offer community games at Hopkinton High School, we go to the state games which is the highlight of many program seasons, but the real highlight of the Hopkinton season is this game against the Hopkinton Police Department, they are a wonderful set of officers and very respectful to the athletes, it shows the real community based support that Hopkinton offers its athletes."

For more watch the video below.

Faith Community Church Holding Good Friday Service

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The Hopkinton Community Good Friday Service will be at noon on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main Street, Hopkinton.

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Video Segment: Colella's Owner Dale Danahy Honored by School Committee

Colella's Supermarket was a landmark in Hopkinton and was one of the favorite local spots in town by many. If you're a local in Hopkinton chances are you visited Colella's and saw someone you knew. Colella's closed in March after about 70 years of service. Owner Dale Danahy and the Colella's staff have helped or provided lot space to over 30 Hopkinton organizations including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hopkinton Fire Department, Hopkinton Police Association and the 300th anniversary committee. (See more organizations Colella's helped here: http://www.colellas.com/community.html).

Colella's recently sold to Waltham based Crosspoint Associates for $3.3 million marking the official end of an era in Hopkinton. Dale Danahy was recently honored and recognized for her community involvement at the School Committee Meeting. Member Jean Bertschmann gave an emotional tribute; "you've worked so hard as a member of the community to support the chamber of commerce, to support so many organizations... get the school's into better compliance for people with physical disabilities." Bertschmann summarized Colella's relationship with the community perfectly; "Colella's really set the gold standard as a model of a family business, run by a family that includes the entire town in their family."

Dale Danahy spoke of the memories of seeing the community socializing in Colella's "it was great to see your neighbors shopping, when people didn't see their neighbors in the neighborhood but you would see them shopping." Despite Colella's closing Dale still plans on being a part of the Hopkinton community and supporting local organizations; "I will continue being in the town as a volunteer, I intend to go to the senior center, project just because, hang out at the library and read books that I have boxes of that I never had the time to do, do some traveling, I'm not going anywhere i'll still be around town." Danahy also stated that they tried to count how much money they donated to the community and that they stopped counting after they got over $1,000,000.

To see the tribute check out the video.

St. Paul’s Invites All to Holy Week Services

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) invites its friends and neighbors to join services being held during Holy Week. These services will be held at the church and will be led by St. Paul’s new priest, Rev. Gordon Schultz, and the new organist and music director, Karen Scheffler from Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

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Video Segment: BU Students Volunteer at Greyhound Friends

A number of Boston University students are spending their spring break volunteering at various locations throughout the country. A handful of volunteers from Boston University chose to help out Greyhound friends in Hopkinton. The students helped shovel paths for the Dogs and cleaned up Greyhound Friends. The students volunteered as part of an alternate spring break program in which students can choose to volunteer at locations around the country to give back to the community. Boston University Junior and Co-Coordinator of the program Gemma Forest explained; "Currently there are a bunch of BU students out all over the country...it's a lot more of an affordable trip as well, so it's the perfect option." Freshman Co-coordinator Ryan Distaso also helped spread the word about the program and chose Greyhound friends to help out the animals; "it's part of our job to spread the word to get people interested in giving back and doing community service." Director of Greyhound Friends Louise Coleman was grateful for the help of the volunteers. Louise explained that it is great to have the volunteers and see young people volunteering during their vacation time. Louise also mentioned that Greyhound friends is always looking for help from volunteers including physical labor or computer work. Greyhound Friends can be reach at www.greyhound.org, [email protected] or 508-435-5969.

For more Information on the BU volunteers watch the first video.

All the snow has made it a tough winter throughout the region. Greyhound Friends has had many obstacles of their own including frozen gates, employees needing to stay overnight to take care of the Dogs and a lot of snow cleanup. Director Louise Coleman gave HCAM News an update on how Greyhound Friends has fared throughout the copious amount of snow that fell this winter. "it's been a terrible winter for working here and when it's been cold and awful all the gates are frozen, so you have to get a hammer to open the gates...when it's cold the dogs don't want to go out, they go out and run back in, it just makes all the usual practicalities of life much more difficult." Louise mentioned that she is grateful for staff members she has willing to stay overnight, her plow and volunteers helping with dog food drives. Louise also mentioned that Greyhound Friends was able to install a generator this year as well. "The Dogs are all warm, safe, happy and we'll just keep plugging along."

To see the full update, watch the 2nd video.

Help Wanted: IT Director, Payroll Manager and Van Driver

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Town of Hopkinton seeks an Information Technology Director - Under the direction of the Town Manager, this position will provide strategic leadership and vision to the Town, and in collaboration with the School operations.

Keefe Tech Students Win Awards

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KEEFE TECH STUDENTS BRING HOME AWARDS FROM TWO CONFERENCES

Students from Keefe Regional Technical High School won awards in both the District III Massachusetts SkillsUSA Conference and the annual Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference in recent weeks.

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