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Video: HCAM News 1-15-2016

On this edition of HCAM News, the retiring town treasurer Maureen Dwinnell was honored and congratulated by many former co-workers, we will take you inside the new temporary Hopkinton Public Library and Hillers hockey continued a winning stretch but first is some happenings in Hopkinton you should know about.

Middlesex Grant Funds Support HCA Music Programming

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A Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grant of $10,000 to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) partially funded the hire of a part-time Music Program Director. In March, Erin LaPrad of Milford, MA, was hired to oversee music programming at the HCA. Since her hire, the HCA has seen an increase in the number of private music students, ages 6 to 65, by more than 30 percent to 150 participants in 2016.

The Town of Hopkinton seeks a Full Time Treasurer/Collector for its Finance Department

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Under the direction of the Finance Director the Treasurer/Collector provides professional administrative and supervisory work involving the collection, receipt, expenditure and custody of all municipal funds, the borrowing of money, and the custody of tax title properties. The principal will exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in the planning, administration, and execution of the department’s services; the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, and procedures, and in the direction of personnel.

Help Your Teen Get Better Organized

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Is your teenager a little disorganized? If so, she’s normal. She probably has more responsibilities than ever before, and juggling them can be difficult. Here are some ways you can help:

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Video: Hopkinton Police Promote Two, Welcome One

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the Hopkinton Police Department promotions of Officers Aaron O' Neil and Matthew McNeil to Sergeant. The Selectmen also unanimously approved the addition of Officer Matthew Santoro.

Sergeant, Aaron O' Neil is an Army Veteran who served as a Sergeant in the Military Corps. He was granted multiple medals for achievements in the Military. O' Neil graduated Westfield State with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently enrolled in a Masters Degree Program. Sergeant O' Neil has been with the Hopkinton Police Department for 17 years and has also served as a Bike Officer, Fire Arms Instructor and recently was appointed President of the Hopkinton Police Association. O'Neil also ran and completed the Boston Marathon as well as completed 6 unity tours in honor of fallen officers, riding his bike from New York to Washington D.C.

Sergeant, Matthew McNeil is a 16 year veteran of the Hopkinton Police Department. McNeil is also utilized as an EMT, Motorcycle Officer, Firearms Licensing Officer and specializes in fingerprinting, photography and is the Manager of cruiser camera operation. McNeil has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Sergeant McNeil has also been recognized as the M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) officer of the year multiple times in Hopkinton and Middlesex County.

New addition to the Hopkinton Police Department, Officer Matthew Santoro is a 23 year old Shrewsbury native. He graduated Umass-Amherst with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and received a certificate in Criminal Justice. Santoro entered the Boylston Police Academy in August 2015 and graduated this month.

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Video: HCAM News talks with Town Manager Norman Khumalo

HCAM News recently caught up with Town Manager, Norman Khumalo to talk about some happenings in town. We talked about 4 longtime Hopkinton town employees who retired this year; Fire Chief, Ken Clark (44 years working for the town) Police Lieutenant, Chuck Wallace (30 years working for the town), Town Clerk, Geri Holland (nearly 20 years working for the town) and Town Treasurer, Maureen Dwinnell (nearly 27 years working for the town).

I also asked the Town Manager about the Fire Chief situation, town meeting calendar and about some of the upcoming projects and tasks town hall will be working on. With town meeting and elections quickly approaching, Mr. Khumalo mentioned that the Town Meeting Warrant will be opening February 2nd and closing on March 3rd. The Town Manager encourages anyone who wants to put together an article to contact town hall and they would be happy to help.

Check out the interview below.

The Healthiest Years of Your Life: Hopkinton Holistic Health Speaker Series

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Golden Pond Assisted Living is hosting a series of talks at 50 West Main Street in Hopkinton. Each talk takes place at 7:00 PM, and light snacks and beverages will be available at each talk.

February 4 - Natural Easy Weight Loss
Without torture diets or extreme exercise. Feel fantastic when you look in the mirror!
Dr. Geoff DeOauka offers scientifically proven methods to lose weight easily without starving, counting calories or extreme exercise. Make this the year you lose the weight.

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Video: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities 2016

For the 10th year, the Hopkinton Youth Commission hosted Martin Luther King Day activities. The "day on, not day off" brings together volunteers, scouts and residents for various activities to benefit charitable organizations and causes. The day kicked off with food and coffee donated by Dunkin Donuts on South Street in Hopkinton followed by a speech from Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli who talked about today's society compared to the days of the civil rights movement.

After the speech volunteers talked to HCAM News about the various activities taking place in the Brown gymnasium to help the sick, benefit charitable causes, and local organizations.

Volunteer students, scouts and middle school staff featured in the below video include: Charles Rockwood, Hayley Glassburn, Ali Boyer, Ana Dionne, Jessica Urlage, Veronica Lee, Melissa Hayes, Sarah Gallagher, Helen Aghababian, Emma Bograd, Ali Scimone, Anna Mezitt and Maria Wheeler.

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Video: Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli Martin Luther King Day Speech

Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli gave a speech at the Middle School auditorium to kick off the 2016 Hopkinton Youth Commission, Martin Luther King Day festivities. "Dr. Ciaramicoli is a Hopkinton resident and Chief Medical Officer of Soundmindz.org. He has written several books and his newest edition, The Stress Solution, will be published in June. Dr. Ciaramicoli will share his views on stress, empathy, giving, and service in our Society,"

Dr. Ciaramicoli compared current social conditions to the time of the civil rights movement; "Dr. Ciaramicoli notes that the lack of empathy and interpersonal connection increases stress and lack of trust."

Dr. Ciaramicoli noted that stress levels in current American society are high and talked about how stress can be correlated to negative health affects. He noted some eye-opening survey results during his presentation; "Stress in our society is very significant, 70% of teenagers say that they suffer from stress on a daily basis, 50% of adults say they wake up in the middle of the night due to stress, 75% of American workers say that they experience stress in an emotional or physical way on a daily basis."

To view the presentation, watch the video below.

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Video: Martin Luther King Jr Song Circle 2016

The Hopkinton Youth Commission hosted their annual Martin Luther King Jr song circle. This year the event took place at the newly renovated Hopkinton Center for the Arts and featured performances from: Take 4, Amanda Maffei, Julia Lotvin & Friends, FUZE, Barbara Kessler and a big finale featuring all the musicians together.

The performances celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the first video you can see highlights and hear more about the event.. in the 2nd video, check out the Grand Finale performance featuring all the singers.

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