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Award Winning Author Michael Tougias Coming to Library

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Award winning author Michael Tougias will present a slideshow based on his exciting new book, "A Storm Too Soon", a true story of disaster,survival and an incredible rescue. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Michael Tougias is an award winning author of two books including several true survival thrillers: Fatal Forecast, Overboard!, Ten Hours Until
Dawn, and The Finest Hours (co-authored). Disney Studio is currently filming the movie version of his book The Finest Hours.

BayPath Elder Services Needs Input to Develop Website

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Are you a caregiver for an elderly loved one or do you work as a caregiver? BayPath Elder Services needs your help.

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Local Authors Visit the Hopkinton Public Library

For children of all ages, January 15th was a special day as two authors came to the library to read and talk about their books. Instead of the usual morning story time with a book read by Children's Librarian Denise Kofron, Hopkinton resident, and author of the story "Can't Get Me!" Lisa MacDonald read her book to the children. The story focuses on teaching kids about germs in a concrete way.

"Can't Get Me!" is MacDonald's first book and she based the characters on her own children. She hopes that the book provides parents a tool to teach their children about the importance of hand washing and covering their coughs.

To make the message stick, the kids made their own foam germs after the book reading to hang up in their homes.

And in the afternoon, the book club also got a chance to interact with a professional author. Southborough resident Susan Lubner was on hand to read and discuss her book "The Upside of Ordinary". The story, Lubner's first chapter book, focuses on a girl named Jermaine who wants to become famous by creating a reality television show.

As part of the discussion, Lubner talked about how most of her story ideas come from real life or everyday experiences. Her inspiration for "The Upside of Ordinary" came from overhearing a reality show that her daughters were watching.

Although Lubner doesn't set out with a message in mind when she writes, she says that the theme of the pros and cons of being famous developed organically with the story, which also served as the basis for the book group's discussion.

After the discussion, the group created their own "self-reality" posters of things and ideas that represented them.

Both MacDonald and Lubner hope that they inspired some of those in attendance to one day become writers themselves. Their advice to future authors is to practice and to not be afraid of sharing their ideas.

Both "Can't Get Me!" and "The Upside of Ordinary" are available at the library or can be purchased at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com.

Scale Model of Hoyt Statue on Display in Library

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A scale model of the life-size bronze sculpture of Rick and Dick Hoyt that will be installed in front of Center School in April is currently on display at the Hopkinton Public Library. The display will give fans and supporters of the Hoyts an idea of how impressive the sculpture will be when it is unveiled on April 8, 2013, prior to the running of the 117th Boston Marathon.

"The Library is quite honored to display this dramatic work of art and we welcome you to stop by to see the maquette," said Library Director Rownak Hussain.

Sidewalk Survey: Planning Board Wants Your Input

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Where do you want to walk, and can you do it safely now?

The Planning Board is working on an update to the 2007 Hopkinton Master Plan and needs your help. The Board will be including a new section that recommends priority locations for new sidewalks, to improve pedestrian mobility and safety, and would like specific input from residents as to where sidewalks are needed.

To provide input, please use this online form.

Vets Breakfast Friday February 1st

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From Hank Allessio:

The Senior Center mess hall will serve a special breakfast for Veterans on Friday, 1 February 2013, at or before 0900 hours. The menu is highlighted by chipped beef. For those on delicate diets, the beef is optional; there's lots of other good chow: eggs, bacon, hash, home fries, biscuits, and plenty of coffee. Invite your friends who don't receive this email.

Team Hoyt Book Signing This Weekend

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Are you one of those people who have watched Team Hoyt every year in the Boston Marathon and always hoped to be able to meet them? Well, now is your chance. On Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be at Colella's Supermarket in Hopkinton for a book signing. Three books about the Hoyts will be available for sale:

Downtown Corridor Project Gets Another Review

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On Thursday morning, January 17, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, along with Town Engineer Dave Daltorio and Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting Elaine Lazarus, presented the latest iteration of the downtown plan, recommend by the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC), to the public, in preparation for its submittal to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

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Superintendent Interview: Dr. Andrew Keough

Didn't have time to attend the interview of Dr. Andrew Keough as he talks with Hopkinton's School Committee on Monday night? Watch the HCAM News recap that captures some of the questions asked and answered.

To see the interviews with the other two candidates, Dr. Steven Hiersche and Ms. Cathy MacLeod, see the links below:

To watch the interview of Ms. Cathy MacLeod, Click Here.

To watch Dr. Hiershe's interview, Click Here.

Michelle Murdock can be reached at michelle@hcam.tv or 508-435-7887.

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Superintendent Interview: Dr. Steven Hiersche

The School Committee interviewed Dr. Steven Hiersche on Tuesday, January 8. Watch the HCAM News recap of questions asked and answered. And to see the interviews of the other two candidates, Ms. Cathy MacLeod and Dr. Andrew Keough, see the links below.

To watch the interview of Ms. Cathy MacLeod, Click Here.

To watch the interview of Dr. Andrew Keough, Click Here.

Michelle Murdock can be reached at michelle@hcam.tv or (508) 435-7887.

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