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Second ESBC Meeting on October 27

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HCAM is hosting the October meeting of the Elementary School Building Committee at 6:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public, and is airing live on HCAM-TV and hcam.tv/live. Those interested can come to the studio at 77 Main Street. The ESBC anticipates to address the designer selection process, discuss enrollment projections and plan for upcoming public forums.

Peace Day Comes to HCAM

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On November 7th at 7:00 pm, HCAM studios will host a celebration of peace.

The night will include a screening of "The Day After Peace" by Jeremy Gilley. The night will also feature the premiere of Hopkinton's Peace Day, a compilation video of residents' thoughts on peace and a peaceful world. If you were interviewed at PolyArts or on Peace Day at the Farmer's Market, your interview will premiere!

If you would like to attend the peace celebration at HCAM, please RSVP to producer@hcam.tv.

We hope to see you there!

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Video Segment: Fire District 14 Technical Rescue Team Training

Members of many local Fire Departments participated in the Massachusetts Southern Fire District 14 Technical Rescue Team training program at the New England Laborers Training Center in Hopkinton.

HCAM News spoke with Instructor George Drees: "They spend 2 days at laborers camp and the emphasis is on trench rescue, supplemental shoring and digging operations for possible trench rescues." One of the drills performed during training was to rescue a worker trapped underneath a 1,500 pound fire hydrant while treating the patient and shoring the area to make safe entry. Drees explained the technical rescue team performs rescues such as "trench rescues, building collapses, high angle rope rescues, confined space rescues and at times water rescues."

The Fire District 14 Technical Rescue Team is a regional team that was developed in 1999. The team originally featured members of the Ashland, Hopkinton, Milford and Southborough fire departments. The team over time expanded into Framingham, Hudson, Natick, Marlborough and continues to grow. Drees explained that each member has to go through a background check and the number one requirement to be a member of the technical rescue team is to work well as a good team player.

To see the team in action, check out the video.

East Main St. (Route135) Road Construction/Traffic Advisory

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Please be advised that starting Monday October 20, 2014, East Main Street, Route 135, will be detoured at Frankland Road and Peach Street for road construction.

Construction in this area will take place from 7 AM to 9:30 PM and is expected to last 2 - 3 weeks.

All Eastbound traffic will be detoured from East Main St., Route 135, onto Frankland Road to Peach Street and then back onto East Main St., Route 135.

All westbound traffic will be detoured onto Peach Street to Frankland Road and then back onto East Main St., Route 135.

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Video Segment: Local Organizations at Polyarts 2014

HCAM News attended the 2014 Polyarts Festival and got caught up with some local organizations that contribute to our community.

Clorinda Creo-Kirshy of the "Hopkinton Music Association" stated that the organization provides clothing for school performances, scholarships for lessons, scholarships for graduating seniors, purchasing instruments for the schools and working with the music teachers. The Hopkinton Music Association assists with various school performances such as chorus shows and the homecoming performance. Find more information use this link

David S. Goldman of the "Hopkinton Area Land Trust" talked about how over 1,000 acres of open space has been preserved for public enjoyment. David mentioned that a project is in the works with Friends of Upton State Forest, Friends of Whitehall and Sudbury Valley Trustees to buy a piece of property off Pond St. that connects the White Hall State Park with the Upton State Forest. "It is considered one of the top priorities for preservation for open space." More information can be found at www.hopkintonlandtrust.org

Peter Regan of "Friends of Whitehall" talked about ways the organization preserves Lake Whitehall "We do a lot of activities, clean up the trails, sponsor bridge building and build some bridges ourselves and serve as caretakers of the lake." Peter mentioned that the lake is special due to the lack of buildings around the lake and that it's a precious natural landmark in the area. More information can be found at http://friendsofwhitehall.org/

Kim Pucci of "Sky's The Limit" talked about how the organization is attempting to transform the Hopkinton Middle School courtyard into a performance space, learning centers and a space that can be used for children in the community. The organization is selling personalized bricks that will be used in the project towards funding efforts. Find more information use this link

Sarah Bertschmann of "Keep Smilin 4 Abbie" talked about how the organization was created in honor of Abbie Benford who passed away at the age of 15 due to an anaphylactic reaction. The organization strives to increase awareness of anaphylaxis. For More Information: www.keepsmilin4abbie.org

Steve Langley of "Project Just Because" talked about how the charity works with people all throughout Massachusetts providing clothing, food, school supplies. The organization does activities such as help run the Hopkinton Food Pantry and hold fundraisers. For More Information: www.projectjustbecause.org

Ann Click of "Friends of Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Committee" was at Polyarts to help raise funds for the 300th anniversary of Hopkinton. The friends hold various activities and sell items to raise money for the anniversary celebration. For More Information: http://300.hopkintonma.gov/

Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton

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Invitation to a conversation on the future of Hopkinton with the Town’s Visioning Group and planning consultants.

The Town of Hopkinton, with assistance of professional planning consultants, is conducting a workshop as part of the community visioning project. The purpose of the project is to develop a unified vision, guiding principles, and strategic goals to imagine the best future for Hopkinton. The workshop will include digital group polling and small discussion groups. Light refreshments will be provided.

Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice Takes Hopkinton Stage

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Enter Stage Left Theater presents Pride and Prejudice by Jane Kendall and based upon the classic novel of the same title by Jane Austen. The production plays October 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2014 at the Hopkinton Historical Society, 168 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, with all performances at 7:30 PM.

"Old Tyme Schools" are back in Hopkinton on October 26th

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Please save the date and visit the classroom of Dave Downs at the Hopkinton Historical Society, a former 19th century schoolhouse. Dave, an “old tyme” school teacher re-enactor, discusses the history of education from the colonial period through the 19th century with an emphasis on the One Room Schoolhouse. This enjoyable presentation, mixed with humor, is full of little-known interesting historical facts. Do you know why pencils are painted yellow? Did you know that students did not recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in the public schools until after 1892?

Hopkinton Destination Imagination team donates $720 to the Hopkinton Senior Center

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Hopkinton Destination Imagination team of 5th grade girls donates $720 to the Hopkinton Senior Center today as a result of fundraising efforts by selling school supplies. The Destination Imagination team made it to the highest level of competition which is the global level last year and competed in Knoxville, TN against students from all over the world. Their challenge was community service based where they had to give back to the community where they felt assistance was needed.

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Video Segment: Baypath Humane Society Summer 2014 Update

Baypath Humane Society had a very busy Summer in 2014. Liz Jefferis of the organization told HCAM News; "We have had somewhere around 85 adoptions, right now there are only 5 dogs here but that could change anytime." Liz also talked about Duke, a hound at the society who is very friendly and available for adoption.

Baypath Humane Society works with many programs and various rescues such as; Pittyloverescue (a Pitbull rescue) and local animal control centers throughout the state and country. The staff is trained to evaluate dogs and treat them for pretty much whatever they need. Liz also talked about how the Baypath Humane Society works with a lot of organizations in the south due to the lack of spay and neutering.

The Baypath Humane Society makes sure all their animals are up to date on shots and medical treatment. In many cases an interested adopter is allowed to take an animal home to make sure it is a good fit for their home. Liz talked about the prices for adoption "an adult Dog is about $320, a Puppy is $380. A Senior (7 and up) is $150. Cats can be adopted for $200 a Kitten, $125 for an Adult, $50 for Senior Cats." Liz mentioned that the adoption fees include the up to date shots and medical treatment, which for the price is cheaper than the private market and the money is going to the rescue and care efforts of the Center.

For more information on the Bay Path Humane Society; http://www.baypathhumane.org/

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