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Jon Graziano seeking re-election to the School Committee

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Dear Hopkinton Residents:

I am pleased to announce that I am seeking re-election to the Hopkinton School Committee this May. I’m extremely proud of the work that the School Committee has done in my first term. I believe that my experience and my approach to problem-solving have proven effective. These will continue to be essential while collaborating with other town boards and departments to face the challenges that our district will confront in the coming years.

Team Hoyt’s Dick Hoyt Named Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston Marathon

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Along with son Rick, Dick Hoyt Completed 32 Boston Marathons. Lisa Rainsberger to be Honorary Starter of Elite Women’s Race.

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 20. Two of the Boston Marathon’s most recognizable figures, Dick and son Rick Hoyt completed their 32nd and final Boston Marathon together in 2014. Dick announced afterwards that he would retire from the Boston Marathon.

Local Entertainment Needed to Light up the Night!

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Do you sing, dance, play in a band, walk on stilts, perform magic tricks or have a unique talent? If so, the Hopkinton 300th Celebration Committee is looking for you!

The Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee has multiple stages and venues to showcase a variety of entertainment at its "Light up the Night” Community Celebration & Fireworks event planned for Saturday, September, 12th, 2015.

Snappy Dogs is Back Open Monday

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Despite the closing of Colella's, Snappy Dogs hotdog stand announced on their facebook page, they will open for the season again Monday at their usual spot.

The post was as follows; "Good news, Snappy fans. Snappy Dogs will open for the season NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 13TH in our usual spot!!!!!!!

2013 Boston Marathon Bomber Found Guilty on All 30 Counts

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2013 Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts. The ruling makes Tsarnaev eligible for the death penalty.

Fox Boston listed the 30 counts at http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/28741162/verdict-sheet-jury-returning-v...

COUNT ONE: GUILTY
Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Free Ice Scream Social on April 16

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Ice Cream Social & The Holliston Band at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Thursday, April 16 at 1:00 pm.

Sign up by calling 508-497-9730.

No Charge, but Donations gratefully accepted.

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Video Segment: Happening in Hopkinton

A few Hopkinton Schools will have new start and end times starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Elementary Schools in Hopkinton released their new hours for the 2015-2016 School year. Hopkins School will start at 8:15am and end at 2:30pm, Elmwood and Center School will start at 9:00am and end at 3:15pm.

The Hopkinton Garden Club won first place at the Boston flower and Garden show and they congratulate their members Henry Schmidt, Deborah Coleman,
Kathy Yankee, Audrey Dempsey, Liz Swenson, and Merylyn Mezitt on winning the blue ribbon in the Design Division’s “Circle of Life” Club Competition.
The group also received the Club Competition Award, a top honor for receiving 95 points or higher in the design scoring.

Niche.com, a website that ranks High Schools, Colleges and neighborhoods throughout the country ranked Hopkinton as the 12th best Public High School in Massachusetts. Overall the site ranked 14,431 high schools throughout the country based on key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. 110 reviews of Hopkinton High School were sent to Niche and based on the reviews and statistics Hopkinton received an exceptional overall ranking.

The Hopkinton Police Department reminds you to be aware for runners training as we get closer to the Boston Marathon. Monday April 20th is the big day, on The big day the Hopkinton Police department would like you to know. There will be no on street parking allowed in or near the center of town on Marathon Monday. Numerous roads in Hopkinton will be posted No Parking. Parking is allowed only in designated parking lots on South Street and at Hopkinton State Park. Parking is not allowed on South Street or Cedar Street. All violators will be ticketed and towed. Parking on school property is prohibited unless authorized.

For more: Watch the video below.

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Video Segment: Signs Up Around Town Raising Runner Awareness

You will see signs placed strategically throughout Hopkinton. The signs are an effort by several organizations to make sure drivers look out for runners training as we get closer to the Marathon. Chairman of Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Bob Dobinski explained; "the runner safety program in Hopkinton is in it's 2nd year and it started from a tragic accident down in North Carolina where a runner was killed training for the marathon."

The Hopkinton Police, Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation Commission, Hopkinton Marathon Fund, 26.2 Foundation and the Hopkinton Runners Club all combined to fund the signs and raise awareness to drivers that there are runners training. Dobinski explained you will find a lot of runners training towards the center of town. Parks & Rec Director Jay Guelfi stated that a lot of runners like to run the marathon route or work there way out from the center of town. A good amount of signs can be found throughout the center of town but also on a number of side streets in Hopkinton.

For more information, watch the video.

Garden Club 4/21 Event: “Designing Window Boxes and Containers”

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On Tuesday, April 21st Carol Julien will present container and window box ideas including plant materials and color schemes to use in all four seasons. Plant material varieties will include annuals, perennials, herbs, and cut greens for winter allowing you to envision how to combine plants of all types to achieve the look you want. Maintenance of plant materials will be discussed and, Carol will put together a container using in season plants available at the time of the lecture.

Wipers On? Lights On!

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A new Massachusetts law requires drivers to turn headlights on when the vehicle's windshield wipers are needed.

The law that goes into effect April 7 says headlights should be in use 30 minutes before sunrise and sunset or when visibility is under 500 feet.

Drivers can be ticketed for failing to comply with the new headlight law, and it is considered a minor surchargeable traffic violation and surcharges may result in increased insurance premiums.

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