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June "To Your Health": Primer on Health Care Reform

Hello and welcome to To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

In Massachusetts we are justifiably proud of the advances we’ve made on providing health care coverage for all of the citizens of our Commonwealth in 2008. Now that we’ve attained almost universal coverage, we are grappling with what may be the more difficult problem – how to reign in ever rising health care costs. While all stakeholders concur that maintaining the status quo in the long run is unsustainable, not everyone can agree upon the best solution.

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Magic at the Library

Abra Cadabra! Magician Scott Jameson wowed a packed crowd at the library June 26th with his mixture of magic and comedy. The show, which was sponsored by the HCA, was the first in a series of programs relating to the library's "Dream Big Read" summer theme. As part of that theme, the library will be hosting other events throughout the summer including another magic show, a puppet show, and an animal show.

Watch the HCAM News video for a look at this recent event!

June 2012 Shoot Photos and Top 5 Photo Albums

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What happened in Hopkinton during the month of June? From the Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremony, to the Fox 25 Zip Trip, the Timlin Race, Team Hoyt's Visit and more, pictures tell the story. Click Here for all of our photos featured on "The Shoot" from the front page of our website for the month of June. Enjoy!

Our top five viewed albums for the month of June are listed below:

Legislature Passes Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2013

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On Thursday, the Legislature passed a $32.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The spending plan prioritizes funding for cities and towns and commitments to reform and job creation. The budget does not contain any new taxes and uses a combination of ongoing revenue initiatives, one-time resources, and spending reductions and cuts to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, the smallest budget gap the state has had since FY08.

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Summer Music Fest Highlights from HCAM

Watch the HCAM News video of the Summer Music Fest held to raise money for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Hopkinton Ranks 4th in Central Mass Best Communities

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Hopkinton ranked 4th in the Central MA's Best Communities 2012 round-up completed by GoLocalWorcester.com, a new local news website based in Worcester. According to their email notification they spent "hundreds of hours researching and evaluating all of the towns in Massachusetts, and Hopkinton placed 4th out of the 72 Central MA communities".

To read more, check out the following links:

Hopkinton #4: http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/hopkinton/

Concerts on the Common: Corvairs

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From the 50's to the 90's, the Corvairs cover it all this Sunday, July 1st at 5PM on the Town Common.

The Corvairs are:

Bob Lynch - guitar and vocals
Ilene Corvini - drums and vocals
Patrick Dreier - keyboards, guitar and vocals
Steve Dubois - bass and vocals

"Join us for classic rock tunes from the 50’s to the 90’s at the Hopkinton Summer Concerts on the common, with the Corvairs," said Selectman Michelle Gates. "Hope to see you at 5:00!"

Youth and Substance Abuse

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Mavis Jaworski, M.D. and John Knight, M.D., on July's Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society

There’s no getting around it: Substance abuse by adolescents is a serious problem, one that too often ends in tragedy. Such behavior accounts for almost 60 percent of accidental deaths among teens and poses significant risks to physical and mental health, as well as success in school and later life.

One of the nation’s foremost experts on this issue is John R. Knight, M.D., Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

"Solar 201" Tonight at Senior Center

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SolarFlair Energy Inc., the Solarize Mass installer for Hopkinton, will present "Solar 201" , a public meeting for residents and business owners, on Thursday, June 28 at 7PM at the Hopkinton Senior Center. SolarFlair Energy Inc. will work with Andy Boyce of the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee, the Solarize Mass Community Solar Coach, to implement the program in partnership with MassCEC. Contracts must be signed by September 30th at which time the final pricing is locked for everyone based on the number of watts contracted.

Hopkinton Receives $156,792 Green Communities Grant

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Town Manager Norman Khumalo announced today in a press release that Hopkinton has received a grant in the amount of $156,792 from the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Grant program. The money will go towards the Town Hall and Elmwood School energy management systems, with $71,539 being applied to the Town Hall system and the remaining $82,253 going to fund improvements in the Elmwood School energy management system.

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