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High School Fitness Center Renovated

The Hopkinton High School Fitness Center went under renovations this summer, which included a new floor, paint and art work. Wellness Director Bruce Elliot talked to HCAM News about the renovations.

"The project has been 2 years in the making, thanks to the athletic boosters club and Hopkinton Public Schools we were able to bring this together." "We were able to get a lot of new and innovative tools and equipment into place but also free up space at the same time."

Bruce Elliot touched on how the design for the fitness center was created; "we worked with Perform Better, which is a national company that designs fitness centers, and they designed a 3d schematic that allowed us to decide better how to maximize space and equipment. "The project itself has freed up a lot of space but brought in some top of the line equipment as well." "Perform Better is a national company based out of Rhode Island and they work with a lot of high schools, college's and professional teams across the world. "They do fitness center renovation and design, they were kind enough to come out and design the room so their is much more function and space."

Elliot then touched on the student reaction when the fitness center was revealed; "The student reaction was astonishment, just a big wow." Elliot expressed that the complete overhaul to the fitness center was unexpected and thrilled the student body, the project was especially a treat to some of the athletes that came in early like the football players.

The top of the line equipment and the very well managed space should give the Hopkinton student body, teachers and faculty a great fitness facility for years to come.

Seventh Annual Haunted Trail Walk

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The Hopkinton 4H Clubs are holding their Seventh Annual Haunted Trail Walk on Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25 from 5:30-8:30 PM at 25 Winter Street in Hopkinton, a fundraiser sponsored by the Woodville Trailbusters. Scenes on the walk include Snakes R Us, the Little Shoppe of Horrors flower shop, a Ghostbusters Trailer and an experimental vegetable garden. Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and the wicked witch will be making an appearance as well.

Planning Board Approves 203 Pond Street Conditions

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The Planning Board met on September 22 to discuss conditions for the 203 Pond Street development that included trees, the new culvert and the construction of the roadway for the development. In attendance were applicants John Coolidge and Anne Richards, engineers Eric Dias and Garrett Tunisian and developer consultant David Wluka.

St Pauls 23rd Annual "Blessing of the Animals" October 5th

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HOPKINTON, MA (September 23, 2014) – All creatures great and small – including furry friends or feathered fowl -- are invited to receive a special blessing at St. Paul’s 23nd Annual Blessing of the Animals on October 5.

HCA aims to wrap up capital campaign

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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ renovation and expansion is well underway at 98 Hayden Rowe Street, and supporters hope to raise the remaining $350,000 needed to pay for it before the end of the year.

HPD Taking Back Unwanted Scripts

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On Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Hopkinton Police Department at 74 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Visioning Community Survey

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Dear Hopkinton Resident:
We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to be heard.

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen created the Hopkinton Visioning Steering Group to help navigate a process to solicit input from you on what our community might look like ten years from now.

The group has created a survey which is an important tool designed to help create a vision for the future, and action steps to achieve that vision. The survey is also available to pick up in the Town Manager's Office in hard copy for interested participants.

Fire Department Warns of Phone Scam

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The Hopkinton Fire Department is warning town residents about a possible home carbon monoxide inspection scam.

A town resident has reported to us that they’re receiving phone calls from a Chimney Cleaning Company trying to inspect their home carbon monoxide detectors. The company is telling residenst they are representing the Hopkinton Fire Department. The Hopkinton Fire Department only inspects carbon monoxide detectors by request of a homeowner. We believe this is a scam to gain entrance into private homes.

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The Library says goodbye to Susan Marshall

Susan Marshall served nearly six years at the Hopkinton Library as the Adult Services Librarian and left a positive impact on nearly everyone she knew.

Youth Services Librarian Denise Kofron; "Some people care to much, I think it's called love, Susan cares a lot, about her job, family, volunteers, the Hopkinton Public Library, and her co-workers, and we love her too."

The Friends of the Library presented Susan with a sample of a quilt from the quilt project. Parks and recreation manager Tim Kilduff presented Susan a signed copy of Meb Keflezighi's book "Run to Overcome" to reward her dedication to promoting the Boston Marathon activities.

Hopkinton Library staff member, Donna Olafsen of the Children's Room " Susan Marshall is to the Hopkinton Public Library as Mickey Mouse is to Disney, I'll miss you Susan, may you have many magical memories."

After the dedications and tributes, Susan stated: "It's emotional high and low's, it's sad to leave all these wonderful people, Hopkinton is the first place that I felt home since I had a workshop in my hometown, right out of college... "This has been a wonderful place to live." Susan then described her animated clothing which represented her sadness of leaving Hopkinton and the excitement of her new venture in Seattle.

Susan delivered an emotional thank you too the many who came to the library to say goodbye; "Thank you for the ride, this has been the most wonderful place. Please just always remember what a special place this is, and don't take it for granted and be kind to each other. "

Town Hall Parking Lot Entrance Relocation

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The Town Engineer would like to announce that the ongoing work for the Town Hall Roof Replacement Project will require the entrance to the parking lot behind Town Hall to be closed on Monday and Tuesday (September 22nd and 23rd) from 7:30am – 4:30pm.

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