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Hopkinton Planning Board Vacancy Announcement

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On November 6, 2014 the Board of Selectmen publicly acknowledged the resignation of a member of the Hopkinton Planning Board and are currently seeking candidates for this position.

Pursuant to Town Charter provision 3-1(e), a joint meeting, consisting of the remaining members of the Hopkinton Planning Board and the members of the Board of Selectmen, will convene at a regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting to appoint an individual to temporarily fill this one seat until the next Annual Town Election in May of 2015.

Scouting for Food Pickup on Saturday, November 8

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On November 8th, 2014, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Hopkinton will be collecting food for the Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry to help our local residents in need. Since the first Scouting for Food drive, the number of families who rely on the food pantry in Hopkinton has risen dramatically with even more families requiring assistance year-round. Help the Scouts Help Hopkinton!

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Video Segment: Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark talks Fire Merger with Ashland

Hopkinton and Ashland Selectmen held a joint meeting to discuss a potential merger that would combine the Fire Departments of the 2 towns. Chief Clark discussed why the merger is a potential: "We have been working together for over 2 years to bring together a concept that was started by Chief Kee and Chief Doherty in 2008." "Right now we have some struggles to bring the proper amount of people to do the right job at certain calls on the street." Chief Clark explained that the operations of the Ashland and Hopkinton fire departments are very similar which makes it an ideal fit.

"This is a new concept to New England, there's some small towns in the western part of the state it could come a reality, but in New England it's very uncommon." Chief Clark further explained that the concept of the merger is new to New England but common in other parts of the country.

The merger would not take full affect until 5 1/2 years from July 1st, 2016 but changes if the merger is voted in could be seen as early as winter/spring 2015. Chief Clark is in favor of the proposed merger as he feels it will help both Fire Departments with staffing and financial resources and allow better service to the communities. Chief Clark explained the overall reaction of the fire department staff, stating that change naturally could make someone feel uneasy; "there are some skeptics, I've heard them and they're entitled to their opinions but I think going forward the model is good for both communities down the road." Chief Clark explained that his decision is based on what he feels will be best for the town of Hopkinton.

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Sheriff Koutoujian Warns Public of Ongoing Arrest Scams

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Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian warns public of ongoing arrest scams Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian warned the public today about a new wave of scam calls in which perpetrators pose as law enforcement, threatening victims with arrest for failure to pay fictional debts.

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Video Segment: Officer John Corridan welcomed by Selectmen

New Hopkinton Police officer John Corridan was welcomed at the Board of Selectmen meeting. Chief Lee talked about Corridan's past with the Longmeadow P.D. and before that Corridan's service as a dispatcher in Hopkinton. "He did an awesome job while he was here but moved on to pursue a law enforcement career and he went to the Longmeadow P.D. for approximately 2 years. We heard nothing but good things up there, thorough background and while they were sad to see him go, we reap the benefits of a fine young officer."

Officer Corridan talked about his past and commented on what brought him back to Hopkinton; "When the opportunity came up to come back here, I guess I didn't realize how much I would miss this area." "I'm excited to get back and work with all the men and women at the Police Department I got to know for 2 years and just refamiliarize with the town and the town's people."

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MetroWest Veterans Services District Seeks a Part-time Veteran Agent

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The MetroWest Veterans Services District Seeks a PT (7 Hrs/Week) Veterans Agent- Under the direction of the Director, Veterans Services, the Veterans Agentdelivers essential services to Veterans and their eligible dependents residing in the communities of the district (Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton and Medway) in the administration of federal, state and local benefits to assist veterans, widows and dependents in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 115.

New Exhibit at HCA Celebrates The Art of Painting

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– The Hopkinton Center for the Arts has announced the opening of the Artists of NewHAT exhibit, running November 4-18, 2014. The exhibit features still life and landscape paintings by eleven artists from throughout the region and includes a public opening reception on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the HCA Farmhouse (98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA).

Give Blood with the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce

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The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Golden Pond and the MetroWest Medical Center to give back to the community by hosting a blood drive. All blood collected is kept local, used by patients at Framingham Union, Leonard Morse and Saint Vincent Hospital. Your donation is truly benefiting your MetroWest community.

Help Your Teen Make Connections While Reading

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She’s been reading her history book for half an hour. But when she closes the book, she says, “I can’t keep my mind from wandering. How will I ever remember this stuff?”
Here’s a way to help your teen focus when she reads. It will help her pay attention and make connections between the things she is learning and the things she already knows.

Start by dividing a sheet of paper into four quarters. In the top left quarter, have her write a big exclamation point. This stands for “I didn’t know that!”

Winter Parking Ban Starts November 15

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The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

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