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2012: Year in Review from HCAM News

As 2012 comes to a close, it's safe to say that it was quite the year in Hopkinton. There were plenty of activities, events and annual traditions, some that have been around for over a decade, that brought the entire community together. Hopkinton also continued to grow this year with the development of Legacy Farms and the grand opening of several businesses in the newly constructed Hopkinton Square.

2012 was also a year of milestones. Sterling Hager was presented with the Golden Cane in February, after officially becoming Hopkinton's oldest resident at the age of 100. Physician Focus, an HCAM produced series which reaches about 2.5 million households nationally, taped its 100th episode in August. And April marked the 40th anniversary of women being allowed to run in the Boston Marathon. Several of the pioneering women joined WBZ Anchor Lisa Hughes in Hopkinton to reflect on their experiences. And as over twenty thousand runners from across the world started their journey in Hopkinton for 116th running of the Boston Marathon on a humid 80 degree day, we were reminded that just because it starts here doesn't mean it ends here. Kenyan Ambassador Elkanah Odembo received a honorary Hopkinton citizenship before joining in on all the festivities at Elmwood for the 20th annual Kenya Day. And Hopkinton artist Dustin Neece honored father and son duo Rick and Dick Hoyt's 30th year running the Marathon with a painting that honored the spirit of their inseparable bond. The Hoyt's were back in Hopkinton a few months later thanks to some ambitious Elmwood third graders. And Neece 's other painting "Honoring the Spirit", which captures the experiences of seven Hopkinton Iwo Jima Veterans, was honored at the State House in February. The Hoyt's message of" yes you can" reverberated throughout town with several teenagers and young adults making a difference in Hopkinton and beyond. We met a Boy Scout looking to earn his Eagle Scout ranking by helping Project Just Because collect clothes for teenagers, an aspiring actress with a message about the effects of bullying, and two Hopkinton High School grads making a difference in Africa.

It was also a big year in High School sports. In March, the Hillers cheerleaders competed in Nationals in Orlando, placing 6th in their division and winning the Sportsmanship Award. The girls also came in first at the TVL championships in October also taking home the Sportsmanship Award. The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both won TVL titles this year as well and placed in the top fifteen at States. Hopkinton also made its way onto the statewide, national, and even international stage with its many contributions to the community at large. We watched and participated as Fox25 zipped into Hopkinton to take their morning show on the road. And we learned about Anna Gammal's journey to get to the London Olympics as a massage therapist. And as election season heated up, several political candidates were in town, including for a State Representative debate here at HCAM.

To see and read about any of these HCAM News stories in greater detail, plus hundreds more from the year, use the search button on the HCAM website, or vist our photo website Scene in Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Wrestlers Hoping to See Pink Thursday Night, 7PM in the Doyle Gym

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On Thursday January 3rd, Hopkinton Wrestling will dedicate its first home match to the memory of Linda Karner, an enthusiastic Hopkinton fan and wrestling mom who lost her battle with breast cancer this past year. Linda’s son Tom was a standout wrestler and Captain while competing for Hopkinton High School and his sister Jessie continues to manage the team with Coaches Tim Nelson and Corey Mills as she has for the past 7 years.

HCA “Writer’s Night Out” with Cheryl Perreault – Beginning January 4, 2013

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Writer/Spoken Word artist Cheryl Perreault will lead a monthly writing center for adults. Perreault who hosts "Wake Up and Smell the Poetry" at HCAM -TV and has a doctorate in education/psychology believes that everyone has a creative, deep- thinker and writer within and that many people would like to be writing...

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Old Town Liquors

Ever since prohibition ended in the 1930s, 70 Main Street in Hopkinton has always been a liquor store. Recently the building, which was formerly known as Star Package Store, was bought and renovated by Bill Tetlow. Now, Old Town Liquors, Tetlow says he picked the name to reflect the store's location.

Tetlow hopes that his store will help to revitalize the downtown area.

To maintain the old town feel, Tetlow shied away from decor that resembled a typical package store such as neon lights and advertising. Instead, there's a fish mounted up on the wall by the spirits, a deer head up near the wine, and a wood stove by the cases of beer. All which Store Manager Pam French believes create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

In keeping with the theme of staying local, the store prides itself on its selection of local craft beers. And as they continue to develop customer relationships, they hope to expand their selection.

To that end, they have a special deal on wine, in which a customer can order a case of wine, even if the store doesn't sell it, for a 10% discount. And starting soon, the store hopes to have beer and wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays.

Old Town Liquors is open Monday through Saturday 11am to 11pm and from noon to 11pm on Sunday. Watch the HCAM News video below for a look inside!

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2012 Review: A Year in Pictures from the HCAM Shoot

The HCAM Shoot, the photo section of the HCAM website, features pictures of events, people and life in Hopkinton. Watch the Year End Review slideshow made up of photos taken by HCAM photographer Dick Bartlett, HCAM staff members Mike Torosian and Michelle Murdock and contributed by Hopkinton resident Mike Rosenzweig.

And remember, if you have photos you'd like to share, send them to

Paul M. Phipps, a Memorial Salute

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Acquaintances of Paul Phipps are invited to be present while the American Legion McDonough-Carlberg Post 202, conducts a prayer and salute at Paul's coffin at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA. The tribute will begin at 1450hours (2:50 pm) on Friday, immediately prior to scheduled calling hours which are Friday, December 28 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

MA Unemployment Numbers for November

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the November 2012 seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in eleven areas; unchanged in four areas; and up in seven areas over the month. Over the year, the rates are down in eighteen areas; two areas went up; and two areas were unchanged.

Statewide, the November seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 0.3 of a percentage point from the November 2011 unadjusted rate of 6.4 percent.

Zen Mothra Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary on December 28

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I know this is a busy time of year. However, if you happen to be free on Friday night ... I highly recommend the following very exciting storytelling program that will be taking place in Hopkinton!
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After the holidays...If you are a fan of NPR "The Moth" or have always been a fan of the telling of true stories, consider making time to sit back and enjoy true stories told by Laura Packer and Kevin Brooks on Friday night Dec 28th in Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Women's Club: A Year in Review

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Jane Anderson, our former president and now membership and hospitality committee chairwoman, wrote:

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Santa Visits the Hopkinton Public Library

A few weeks removed from his visit to Hopkinton at Caroling on the Common, Santa Claus made another appearance in town, this time at the library. Children's Librarian Denise Kofron, who invited Santa to join her for the annual holiday story time, read her favorite story "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". In the middle of her story, Santa appeared, and read one of his favorite stories, "The Polar Express", to the children.

After Santa's story, the kids lined up to meet Mr. Claus and tell him what they wanted for Christmas this year. Santa then gave them an early present.

In addition to hosting Santa, the library is also planning a few special children's events for January. Watch the HCAM News video below for details.

And as for Santa...he was back off to the North Pole for some last minute preparations for the big day.


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