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FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING

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Issued by The National Weather Service
Boston, MA

Fri, Jun 28, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

Updated Jun 28, 2013, 6:30pm EDT

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

ALL OF MASSACHUSETTS EXCEPT BERKSHIRE COUNTY... AND RHODE ISLAND.

* UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEVELOPING ACROSS THE AREA. HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE WITH ANY OF THESE STORMS WITH LOCALIZED RAINFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER AN HOUR.

Lieutenant Wallace Named Interim Chief

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The Town of Hopkinton is excited to officially announce today that it has hired an Interim Police Chief!
Current Police Department Lieutenant Charles Wallace has agreed to be the Interim Police Chief for the
next six months. The contract also includes a provision that allows the parties to extend the contract for
one or two separate three-month terms, while the Town conducts a comprehensive search for a new
Police Chief.
For any additional media inquiries, please contact the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, John
Mosher, at 508-435-3250.

Main Street Construction Update

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Starting tomorrow Main Street will have two travel lanes. The parking at the municipal spots on Main Street will be temporarily restricted in the construction zone. Therefore the parking spots that will be utilized for vehicular traffic are from Old Town Liquors to the Main Street/Cedar Street/Grove Street intersection. This area is considered the construction zone for tomorrow. These parking spots will be cordoned off at the close of business today. The affected businesses will be notified the day before for use of the parking spots.

FREE Drive-In Movie on the Town Common Postponed to July 1

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Due to forecast for severe weather tonight, the FREE Drive-In Movie on the Town Common this originally scheduled for Thursday, June 27th has been rescheduled for Monday, July 1st. The movie begins at 8:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Town Common to view a family movie "Drive -In" style. This week's movie is Thunderstruck.

"We hope to see you all there!" said Jennifer Floyd, Director Hopkinton Parks and Recreation.

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Weston Nurseries Celebrates 90 Years of Business

Weston Nurseries recently celebrated a milestone that many businesses never reach; it's 90th year in business. The garden center was started by Peter John Mezitt in Weston in 1923 and moved to Hopkinton in 1960, making Hopkinton it's permanent location the following year. In 1996, current president Peter Mezitt joined the company, extending the family-run company into to its fourth generation.

In order to celebrate Weston Nurseries' heritage, those who attended the 1920s themed party had a chance to interact with staff members to learn about the company's extensive history.

Mezitt estimates that collectively Weston Nurseries employees total 949 years of experience working there. One of the company's longest tenured employees, Henry Schmidt, has been working there since 1966.

Another part of Weston Nurseries' history stems from their creation of over 200 unique hybridized plants, including an azalea named after Schmidt called "Henry's Triumph".

Mezitt says that one of the things that has most changed about the gardening industry, particularly in the last twenty five years, is how specialized it has become. When the business first started, most garden centers, including Weston Nurseries, planted, grew, and sold everything. Now, the market has shifted where garden centers don't always focus on every step of the process for every plant.

Mezitt appreciates all of those who have shared in the company's history over the years and have helped it grow and prosper.

In 2011, Weston Nurseries opened up a second location in Chelmsford Massachusetts.

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Video Highlights: Hopkinton's 2013 Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an event that happens in many communities across the world to raise awareness and to celebrate the lives of those who have battled and/or have lost their fight with cancer. And under sunny skies on June 21st, Hopkinton kicked off their 7th annual relay at the High School. 745 participants consisting of 75 teams attended the all-night event, which raised over $150,000 for The American Cancer Society. For those who participated, each had their own reason for why they relay.

During the event, members of each team take turns walking laps around the track. There are two special laps throughout the course of the event, the luminaria ceremony, a lap of silence dedicated to the memory of those who have passed away from cancer, and the survivors lap, which honors those who have overcome the disease. This year, there were 40 survivors in attendance and the lap was dedicated to the memory of Donna McGuire, an original member of the Hopkinton Relay for Life committee who passed away last August.

For those not walking the track, there were plenty of activities during the night, including live music, a dunk tank, and games around the field. The event takes about a year to organize, with about 15 to 20 student and adult volunteers on the planning committee.

Over the past seven years, Hopkinton Relay for Life has raised over $915,000.

Spilka Comments on Supreme Court Decision on DOMA

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The Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this morning ruling the same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Karen Spilka made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decisions on marriage equality today:

Special State Election Results: Markey Beats Gomez But Not in Hopkinton

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According to the results from Town Clerk Geri Holland, a total of 3,259 votes were cast in Hopkinton in today's Special State Election and while Gomez was unable to win statewide, he did come out on top in Hopkinton with a total of 1,876 votes to Markey's 1,368. The Associated Press projected Markey as the winner at around 9:15 and the Boston Globe is projecting Markey with 55%, Gomez with 45% and Heos with 0%.

Complete results for Hopkinton are attached.

Dunkin Donuts Passes 6-1

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The Planning Board voted 6-1 to approve a Major Project Site Plan for a Dunkin Donuts at 78 West Main Street. Applicant Virginio Sardinha Jr., attorney Michael Healy, architect Manny Tavarez from MJ Tavarez Architects, engineer John Kucich from Bohler Engineering, and traffic expert Jennifer Conley from Conley Associates were present at the meeting.

Special State Election - VOTE Today!

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The Special State Election to elect a successor to John Kerry takes place on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. A specimen ballot for the election is attached below.

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