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Planning Board Hears Sidewalk Plans for Ash Street

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During their November 3 meeting, the Planning Board unanimously voted to remove three trees and an additional tree if necessary along Ash Street as well as alter two stone walls in order to allow a sidewalk to be installed on the scenic road. At the last Town Meeting, $1.5 million was granted for the installation of sidewalks in different areas of town. Although it was the Planning Board who recommended the sidewalk be installed and it is a town project, abutters agree that this will help to make Ash Street safer. Present to speak on the issue was DPW director John Westerling.

Winter Parking Ban

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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.

Hopkinton Historical Society Harvest Supper and Silent Auction

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On Friday, November 7, the public is invited to enjoy the 28th Annual Harvest Supper sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Society. The event will be held from 6 pm to 9 pm at St. John’s Parish Center, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton.

Holiday Mosaic Workshop at the Hopkinton Public Library

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Carrie Malandrino will lead participants in making personalized door mosaics for the holidays on November 19 at 6:30 PM. Use one of our templates or create your own design!

This program is made possible by the McGovern Trust.

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Video Segment: Fire Station Open House

The Hopkinton Fire Station recently invited the public down for an open house. Children and Adults were allowed to check out the equipment and take a look inside the fire trucks. Children got to test out some of the equipment such as the fire hose and stokes basket. I caught up with the organizer of the event Bill Krauss of the Hopkinton Fire Department.

"Want to get to know the public, we want the public to get to know us. We coordinate this week with fire prevention week to raise awareness of fire safety such as smoke detectors, exit plans, stop drop and roll for the kids." "For activities we have fire truck rides, rope rescue demonstration, games with water and a band playing to create a warm atmosphere for their kids and families."

Fran Clark gave us a look at a stokes basket which is used for high and low confined space rescue. "There's 6 members of the Hopkinton Fire Department that are part of the search and rescue team." Clark mentioned that it does not take a whole lot of effort to pick someone up with the basket and many of the children at the open house enjoyed taking a ride in the basket.

Get Ready To Sleep In, Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 2

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There's no need to hit the snooze button on Nov. 2, because the end of daylight saving time will give you that extra hour of sleep you've been craving -- if you live in an area that observes the time change, that is.

Clocks will fall back to standard time Sunday at 2 a.m. Smartphones with automatic date and time settings will make the change for users; but people with analog clocks and watches will have to manually set their timepieces back an hour. (We suggest making the adjustment before bed on Saturday night.)

Hoptoberfest Raises Over $30,000 for the Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library

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With the overwhelming generosity of local residents and businesses, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Hoptoberfest” raised over $30,000 for the planned restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library.

Watch For Trick or Treaters

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The Hopkinton Police Department requests that all motor vehicle operators use caution on Friday, October 31, 2014 during the afternoon and evening hours when children will be out trick or treating.

Please remember that children may be distracted going door to door or have limited vision due to their Halloween costumes. We urge all vehicle drivers to use extra caution during these hours. We also request parents accompany their children and to use flashlights or have reflective clothing on their costumes.

Please make this a safe and fun night for all.

Today's Tip for Parents

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Help Your Teenager Learn Impulse Control

Research shows that the part of the brain that controls impulses is the part that develops last.
That means that during the teen years, parents play a critical role. You have to help your teen plan ahead. You have to be the one who thinks about and brings up the risks he might meet.

Here are some tips:

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Video Segment: Sarah Stoutamire "Nightlight" wins HCA Photo Award

Sarah Stoutamire's "Nightlight" was named the winner of the Photo Contest at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The image portrays someone waving around sparklers, highlighting the design the sparklers made. The judge of the contest described the photo: "For the mystery that it holds, in the way we see light graphing over time. "In the manner in which the subjects feet on the ground exist so ephemerally, it's speaks to the brevity of our human existence and it's touching in that sence." "This Photo embodies the mystery of the photographic process itself where writing with light in linear time creates a single frame allowing time to be compressed into an internal slot."

Sarah said she was in shock and had no idea that she was going to win the award and credited the other photos in the show stating "they were absolutely gorgeous." Sarah got the sparklers specifically for the photo shoot and took pictures of the various patterns she could create. Sarah used a Nikon d3-100 camera and set the camera timer for 10 seconds while she ran out to the spot with the sparklers to capture the image.

Sarah stated that she plans on studying illustration but plans on continuing practicing photography: "it's just a different way to express myself, but I will certainly be entering in future contests and I definitely want to experiment more with time exposure photography."

In the first video: Artistic Director Kris Waldman gives an update on the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and reads off the photo contest results.
In the second video: Sarah Stoutamire talks to HCAM news about the photo.

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