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Latest Job and Unemployment Estimates in Massachusetts

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On Tuesday, August 21, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the July 2012 seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in the Barnstable, Amherst, Nantucket and Tisbury areas; unchanged in the North Adams area; and up in the other seventeen areas over the month. Over the year, the rates are down in all twenty two labor areas.

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces First in Nation Comprehensive Health Care Option For Dual Eligible Individuals Approved by Obama Administration

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ThePatrick-Murray Administration today announced that Massachusetts is the first state in thenation to receive approval from the Obama Administration to implement a healthcare initiative to improve care and contain cost for 111,000 persons withdisabilities who are dual eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.

Eastern Equine Ecephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes in Hopkinton

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a predominantly bird biting species of mosquito called Culex. The Department also announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus had been detected in a mammal biting species of mosquito called Perturbans. In 2011, 4,604 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 275 samples were positive. Hopkinton had 0 WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2011 but did have a positive EEE in October.

Updated Roadwork Notice

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The Town of Hopkinton’s paving contractor will be working on Church PL on Tuesday August 21 from 7am-10am installing berm along the edge of the road. They will then be on the newly paved section of Hayden Rowe St (Chestnut St to College St) adjusting driveway aprons with new asphalt from 10am-3pm.

On Wednesday August 22 they will be on Church St installing berm from 7am-10am and then return to Hayden Rowe St to finish the remaining driveway aprons from 10am-3pm.

Please do not park along the side road and expect some delay during this work.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Solarize Hopkinton Reaches Tier 2 Pricing

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The Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee and the Mass Clean Energy Center are pleased to announce that the Popkes family of Cedar St. Extension signed a contract for a 7.5kW system this week, reaching tier two of the Solarize pricing schedule. That means everyone in the program just reduced their price from $3.69 to $3.62/Watt. The Popkes family, who opted for the black Suntech panel upgrade and the microinverters just saved $525.

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Selectmen Vote Partial Abatement for EMC Sewer Betterment

Watch the HCAM News video for a summary of the August 13th meeting of the Board of Selectmen to learn more about the partial abatement granted to EMC and the settlement agreement it is contingent upon.

If you would like to watch the entire meeting, Click Here.

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Bielat Visits Hopkinton

Watch the HCAM News video to hear what Sean Bielat, Republican Candidate for Congress in the 4th District, had to say as he visited with members of the Hopkinton community on Wednesday, August 15 at Golden Pond.

Bielat was in Hopkinton to share his background and beliefs, as well to answer questions from area residents and business leaders. Bielat, a Marine who currently serves as an officer in the reserves, says that restoring the economy is his main priority because of its wide impact on those throughout the state.

EEE Threat Raised to "High" in Westborough

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the detection of mammal-biting mosquitoes infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in New Bedford and Westborough. As a result, health officials have raised the EEE threat level to “High” in these two communities and recommend that outdoor evening events are curtailed there for the remainder of the summer. Ground-based spraying by mosquito control projects is ongoing in both New Bedford and Westborough and will be enhanced.

ESL's Legally Blonde - 2 Shows Left This Weekend

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Enter Stage Left Theater’s Summer Stock will be presenting the musical comedy Legally Blonde at the Hopedale High School (25 Adin Street) on August 10, 11 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and on August 12 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and Stage Door Members, and are available at www.enterstagelefttheater.org. The show is funded in part by a Peer’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Skeeters and Ticks Aplenty. And a Thank You

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From left: Bruce Karlin, M.D., and Mass. public health officials Catherine Brown, D.V.M. and Alfred DeMaria, M.D.

It’s been a bad year for mosquitoes, with growing populations of those pesky creatures carrying West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. And don’t forget those ticks with that nasty Lyme disease. Time for a health alert.

Because of the increased threats of these mosquito and tick-borne illnesses across the state, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and HCAM-TV have collaborated in producing a program to raise awareness and understanding of these infectious diseases.

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