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Video Segment: Hopkinton 2014 Real Estate Report

2014 was a very busy year in Home sales in the Town of Hopkinton, Kathleen Buckley of Star Realty recapped the 2014 trends on HCAM News. 208 Homes were sold in 2014 at a median sale price of $582,433 at an average of 52 days to the offer. Homes sold in Hopkinton during 2014 jumped up 12% compared to 2013, while the Median Sale Price rose 5% and average days to offer stayed the same. The 208 homes sold in 2014 was the highest sales volume since 205 in which 212 homes sold. Last year 182 homes sold in Hopkinton compared to 201 homes sold in 2012.

The least expensive home to sell in 2014 was a 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom home located at 79 Hayward Street which listed at $134.900 and sold for $125,000. The living area was 6,534 square feet on .15 acres (6534 sq. ft.) of land.

The most expensive home to sell in Hopkinton during 2014 was the home located at 10 Wescott Drive. The Home features 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. The property features 9,800 square feet on 2.76 acres (120225 sq. ft.) of land.

Faith Community Church raised $67,500 to provide supplies to those caring for victims of Ebola in Africa

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The leaders of Faith Community Church decided to use money collected during Christmas Eve services to support World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children and families. $67,500 was collected to purchase materials and build 2,250 Ebola Caregiver Kits. These kits contain supplies for those who care for victims of Ebola.

Local Youth Take the Stage to Present Shrek the Musical Jr.

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Enter Stage Left Theater presents Shrek the Musical Jr. featuring a cast comprised of its youth company members. The production runs January 23-25, 2015 at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium (88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton). Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and may be purchased online at www.hopartscenter.org or at the door.

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Jan. 15th

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The Friends of Hiller Cheer are hosting an All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on January 15, 2015 at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, 252 Wood Street, Hopkinton from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The Cheerleaders will be serving up Pasta, Meatballs, Garlic Bread and Salad.

The cost is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for Seniors (65 years and older) and Children under 12 years. ($35.00 maximum per family)

Discover a Common Interest With Your Teen

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It's easy to find things to do with younger children. Toddlers and preschoolers simply enjoy being with Mom or Dad . . . doing what they're doing.
But as children grow, their interests change. So must our time with them. Parents of teens need to find new ways to talk, listen and just be together with their children.

To continue to build your connection to your teen, find something you both share an interest in. Maybe it's playing a game or collecting something. Perhaps you can take a course or pursue a new hobby together and both learn a new skill.

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Video Segment: Ribbon Cut to Open Public Ice Rink

The Hopkinton Public Ice Rink was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In attendance from the Parks and Recreation Commission; Colleen Allen, Kevin Nathan and Robert Dobinski, Panning Board Member Claire Wright, Hopkinton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Selectman Todd Cestari. Parks and Recreation Chair Bob Dobinski talked about where the idea for the rink came from: "The entire idea came about from a conversation I had with Claire Wright." Bob mentioned the original idea was to have the rink on the town common but the terrain would not allow it, but that it's in the perfect spot since it can light up till 10pm.

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod was excited about the availability of a public winter activity on the school ground; "It's a wonderful opportunity for everybody, it's great to have the school buildings and school grounds being used by the community." "I like the idea of being active in the winter, that's what I grew up with and I think it's just wonderful to have these opportunities with the Parks and Recreation."

The rink started being built after the leaves stopped falling and was filled recently during a 4 or 5 day span that was cold enough to create the ice. The Fire Department, DPW and Water Department all assisted with the rink.

Longtime Ice Skater and Planning Board member Claire Wright was excited about the rink "Skating is the most wonderful outdoor sport for adults and kids, in-fact in U.S. figure skating, the adult skating community is the fastest growing group of skaters in the country, so I'm looking forward to sharing this with other people and having people get bit by the skating bug." Claire has competed with her husband in many skating competitions.

You can see more photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony at http://www.sceneinhopkinton.org/p424472617

Hopkinton Garden Club Speaker Series: “Spring Ephemerals and Other Delights” on Tuesday, Jan 20th

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Spring can begin early in your garden with the inclusion of early bulbs and native woodland wildflowers called spring ephemerals. On Tuesday, January 20th, Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker will join us to present “Spring Ephemerals and Other Delights”. This lecture illustrates the delicate and often fleeting beauty of these spring blooming perennials such as Bloodroot, Jeffersonia, Hepatica and Epimedium. You’ll learn about their habitats, ideal growing conditions and unique adaptation, and see how they can be the stars of your early spring garden.

Brush Burning Begins Jan. 15

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Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions and air quality. You must obtain permission from the Hopkinton Fire Department if you plan to burn brush.

The permits are free of charge, but availability depends on information received from DEP and DCR each morning. We have created an online burning system that allows for monitoring of the availability and location of our daily permits.

Get a Permit..

On Silent Wings: The Magic of the Snowy Owl at the Library

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During the winter of 2013-2014, award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spent 14 full days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration to the beaches of Salisbury, Hampton and Plum Island. They flew quite a distance from their home on the frozen tundra in the high Arctic and Peter was there to capture these rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat.

Learn more about the snowy owls on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 PM.

300th Anniversary Items Available at Train Depot this Weekend

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The Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations will be back at the Train Depot on West Main Street this weekend selling a variety of commemorative items. All proceeds go to support the activities planned to celebrate Hopkinton’s 300th birthday, including the parade and fireworks planned for September 2015.

Where: Train Depot
When: Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10am to 2pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 11am to 1pm

Please Stop by! Free sweets, coffee and cider! And maybe a surprise visitor on hand ready to discuss some local history!

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