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Author Michael Tougias Visits the Hopkinton Public Library

Imagine being trapped in a sailboat in the ocean during the middle of a hurricane, not knowing if you will ever be rescued? That is the subject of author Michael Tougias's book "A Storm too Soon" based on the true story of a 2007 Coast Guard rescue off the Gulf Stream. The book recounts the harrowing experiences of three sailors JP, Ben, and Rudy, who set off from Florida to cross the Atlantic in a 45 foot sailboat. The book's title refers to the fact that the three left in May, one month before the start of hurricane season.

Tougias was at the Hopkinton Public Library on Wednesday, February 6 for a presentation about his book. Before leaving, he also signed a book spine for the Heritage Quilt Project.

"A Storm too Soon" as well as many of Tougias's other books are available at the library to take out or can be purchased at major bookstores or online. Recently, Disney picked up the rights to his book "The Finest Hours" and he currently is working on a book about the sinking of the HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.

High School Report Cards Available Tomorrow

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In an email to parents, Hopkinton High School Interim Principal Evan Bishop advised that due to the recent school cancellations due to Nemo, reports will not be available on iPass until Tuesday, February 12 at 5PM.

Temporary Director Wanted

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Town of Hopkinton Seeks Temporary Park and Recreation Director - The Director will be responsible for performing a variety of professional and administrative work in planning, developing, scheduling and implementing year-round park and recreation activities.

Public Safety Advisory: Potential Roof Collapses

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Today brings a forecast for warm weather and rain. A major concern is the combination of rain and snow load on roofs. Below is a message from Fire Chief Ken Clark:

The February 8th winter storm that hit Massachusetts presents a variety of challenges. As we approach the new week, it is anticipated that warm temperatures and rainfall may blanket portions of Massachusetts. With the recent heavy snowfall, rain will increase the weight of snow on roofs throughout the Commonwealth. Fire and building services need to plan for the onset of storm related issues.

Motor Vehicle Travel Ban Lifted at 4PM.

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As of 1:01pm on February 9, 2013, the driving ban has been lifted for Nantucket County and for all communities west of I-91. The statewide driving ban will be lifted as of 4 PM today.

Please continue to stay off the roads unless necessary to allow plows, utility crews and public safety officials to clear streets and restore power. Use common sense and be safe.

Richard A. Flannery, Chief of Police
Hopkinton Police Dept.,
74 Main St..
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Gov.Patrick Declares a State of Emergency as of Noon Today.

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Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and banned cars from the road this afternoon as Massachusetts braces for a potentially historic blizzard that could blanket the state with more than 2 feet of snow, whip up winds to 70 miles per hour, and batter the coast with giant waves.

Patrick announced the vehicle ban, which will go into effect at 4 p.m., at a news conference at the state’s emergency bunker in Framingham. The state will lift all tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike as of 2 p.m.

Collaborative Creation: A Workshop at the HCA

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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts Women's Art Forum, originally scheduled for February 8, has been postponed to February 15 because of the impending blizzard. Collaborative Creation Workshop: Friday, February 15, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
WAF Exhibit: February 12 - March 8, 2013
Collaborative Creation Art Hanging & Reception: March 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Collaborative Creation Exhibit: March 11 - March 21, 201

Changes to Representative Dykema’s Local Office Hours

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Due to the major winter storm that will impact the state tomorrow, Representative Dykema is rescheduling her office hours that had been slated for Friday February 8th. Her new Holliston and Hopkinton office hours will be on Monday February 25th in the evening. A full schedule of her February office hours are below.

Residents are encouraged to stop in to the office hours to share concerns, questions and opinions on state issues or simply to chat over a cup of coffee.

Send Us Your Snow Storm Photos!

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Are you ready for the coming storm? For those of you who are brave enough to venture out, send us your snow storm photos and we'll post them on the front of the HCAM website. Email your photos to [email protected]. First five photos submitted will receive an HCAM-TV/HCAM News coffee mug. Let the snow begin!


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