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Video Segment: Meet the Parks and Recreation Commission Candidates

HCAM and Hopkinton Women's Club presented "Know your Vote" which featured candidates in this years town election. Parks and Recreation Commission unexpired term until 2017 is one of two contested races. Candidates Laura Hanson and Robert McGuire spoke during the live broadcast about why they are running.

You can see the Candidate statements below and the video of the candidates introducing themselves.

Laura Hanson Candidate Statement Below:
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Hello Fellow Hopkintonians,

My name is Laura Hanson and I am a candidate for the Parks and Rec department.

I have lived in Hopkinton for 16 years, and although this is my first foray into any kind of public office, I have been involved with the town since I moved here. I graduated from Colgate University, where I was captain of the Women’s Rugby team and a head Instructor for the Outdoor Rec department. I was a Special Ed Instructor, and ran the Infant Daycare at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. I enjoy working with kids and parents to provide the best experience for both. I am a mother of three kids, and love volunteering at school. I have been involved in Scouting for thirteen years; as a Cub Scout den leader, a Girl Scout troop leader and a Scout committee member. I have been committed to Scouting For Food as a town wide committee member and a unit coordinator for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. I am a certified CPR instructor, and I support the continuing education programs Parks and Rec has to offer. I strongly support Project Just Because, Baypath Humane Society and Serenity House, all wonderful organizations which our community benefits from.

In many of the activities my family and I have participated in, Parks and Rec has played a key part. It offers sports and outdoor activities, as well as continuing education. I believe that Hopkinton is a wonderful community that gives back to its children and its citizens, and I see the Parks and Rec department as an excellent resource offering opportunities for growth and development for Hopkinton citizens of all ages.

I work hard to get things done, and I consider every side of a situation. As I am a newcomer to politics, I hope to bring a fresh and open-minded approach. My children are still in the school system, so I am available and actively involved on a daily basis. I believe that by working together we can offer programs and opportunities that benefit all residents of the community, while still being fiscally responsible.

I would be honored to be a member of the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission, and I promise to do all I can to help this department serve the community in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Thank you for giving me this chance and your vote!

Bob McGuire Candidate Statement Below:

Hello Hopkinton!

My name is Bob McGuire and I am a candidate for Parks & Recreation Commissioner. My wife, Valerie, and I have lived in Hopkinton since 2000, raising our four children ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old. We have embraced all this wonderful community has to offer and I am committed to giving back for the many opportunities it has afforded our children and ourselves.

For the past 15 years, it has been a privilege to donate my time to Hopkinton Youth Soccer, Hopkinton Little League, the recreation and travel basketball programs as a coach or assistant coach. In addition to volunteering in the athletic programs, I’ve also volunteered my time as a member of the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC), Hopkinton 2020 Vision Committee, and the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, serving as President for two years. Last November, I was honored to be appointed to the unexpired Park and Recreation seat, for which I am now a candidate. The last 5 months have provided me an opportunity to learn firsthand all that the Park and Recreation Department does and it is impressive. It’s a great organization that truly puts a priority in offering as many programs as possible for not only our youth but also for citizens of all ages. Consider the public outdoor ice rink on the grounds of the Middle School this winter. It had been a vision for many years and was finally realized because of the commitment of the members of the Commission. The rink provided a free outdoor opportunity for fun for families and these are the types of offerings that cultivate community and healthy choices.

I am excited to continue to support and further develop the program offerings with Jay Guelfi and his team as Park and Recreation Commissioner. My skill set, my enthusiasm for the town, my knowledge of the commission, and my appreciation for the value of physical fitness make me an ideal candidate for the position. I respectfully ask for your vote. I’d truly appreciate your support.

Please vote on Monday, May 18th.
Bob

2015 Hopkinton Little League Fundraiser

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Join us for a Night of Fun to Support HLL on Saturday, May 30th 7pm-11pm at the Portuguese Club in Milford.

The cost is $60 for one ticket or $100 for two. Each ticket admits 1 adult and includes:

o Buffet Dinner catered by Oliva’s
o 2 Drink Tickets
o Chances to win Cash Give-Aways!
o Exciting Auction Items and Sports Memorabilia!

Tickets can be purchased:

*online at www.hopkintonlittleleague.org
*ask any HLL coach and look for ticket sellers at the fields!

Jo-Ann “Toki” L. Nordmark, 82

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Jo-Ann “Toki” L. Nordmark, 82, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015. Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late Winifred (Atwell) and Paul August Nordmark.

A longtime Hopkinton resident, Jo-Ann was a former Hopkinton school cheerleader and a member of the Hopkinton Senior Center as well as the Northborough and Sandwich Senior Centers.

Historical Lecture at Comey Chapel

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Claire Wright, a member of Hopkinton's Historic District Commission, will lead a discussion about Hopkinton Civil War veteran Henry Comey at the Comey Chapel on Sunday, May 16 from 1:00-1:30 PM. Recently restored and reopened for use by the Hopkinton Cemetary Commission, the Comey Chapel is located in Evergreen Cemetary at 304 Wood Street in Woodville. Seating is limited to 50. Please RSVP via the 300th Anniversary Facebook Page.

Boston’s Largest Casting Company at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

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New workshop opportunity for young aspiring film and TV actors

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Legacy Farms Age Restricted Housing Plan Passes by 1 Vote

In the case of Article 30 on Day 3 of the Hopkinton Town Meeting, every single vote counted. Article 30 (Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to replace 200,000 sq. ft of commercial with 180 restricted units) or as many refer to as OSMUD featured about an hour and a half debate, 2 standing counts to end debate and 3 more standing counts to conclude the vote. It required a 2/3rd majority vote to allow Legacy Farms to convert 200,000 sq ft. (approx 20 acres) of commercial space to 180 age restricted housing units on the north side of Legacy Farms and by one single vote, the article passed.

It took 3 standing counts to get to the final tally. It failed the required 2/3rd majority in the 1st count with 82 against, 157 for, than a 2nd count took place and Article 30 passed with 166 for and 82 against but then a 3rd count was requested and resulted with 171 for and 85 against, the Article passed by one single vote (perhaps setting a town meeting record??).

The attractions to the proposed article included the fact if children lived in the housing units, the homeowners association would have to pay the town $9,000 per child, if they attend Hopkinton Public Schools. $1,860,000 is going to be paid towards improvements to the town ($750,000 toward town-wide trail network, $750,000 towards downtown, $360,000 to public safety) and $1,500,000 annually paid to the town. Roger MacDowell of Legacy Farms also presented there would be around an 80% reduction in traffic.

Chair of the Hopkinton youth commission, Hopkinton native and teacher Margie Wiggin liked the fact it would cut down on industry and bring more income to the town. Resident Connie Wright, thought the location made more sense for a residential property over commercial, she asked; "why would we put a commercial development near our state park and far away from major roads."

The most common consensus of the naysayers to the article were that the commercial space would be more beneficial, the towns water system could not handle the residential growth and the location could be dangerous with gas tanks near by. "This seems to be changing the will of what we approved with years of planning and debate." said one resident against the article. Resident Wendy Zimmerman stated; "It's within the blast zone of the gas tanks, i'm not really fond of putting a home there, I would rather put a business there that is vacant 12 hours a day." Zimmerman also wasn't comfortable with the density, (approximately 9 homes an acre) "we can't support that density, we are not on the Quabbin reservoir, all of our water comes from wells, public and private."

To see highlights of the debate watch the 1st video.

To see a humorous opposition to the article watch the 2nd video.

Sky's the Limit Courtyard Brick Order DEADLINE: Friday, May 15th

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The deadline to order an engraved brick to be placed in The Sky's the Limit Courtyard is Friday, May 15th! This is your chance to leave a lasting memory of your child's time at HMS or to honor a special teacher.

Work on the final phase of the Courtyard will begin in July for a Fall 2015 Grand Opening. In addition, Leadership Gifts of $1,000 and up will be recognized on a permanent plaque in the Courtyard.

Brick orders can be placed online or delivered to the HMS Main Office at 88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Department of Public Works releases Roads to be worked on this Summer

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As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2014 season and hope to continue that in 2015 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money in the most effective way.

Poetry Writing: All Levels Welcome!

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Our last poetry writing workshop was so much fun, we'll be offering two more! On Wednesday, May 27 and Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM, local poet Polly Brown will lead workshops at the Hopkinton Public Library. 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.

History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall

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As part of Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Celebration, a glimpse into the History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall will be presented by the Friends of Whitehall at the Hopkinton Historical Society on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM.

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