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Video Segment: Selectmen Honor Louie Mongiat who Retired After 46 Years of Service

Article Contributed by Water-Sewer Manager Eric Carty:
Jean Scarlata, who retired this past fall, was on hand as the Selectman honored, Louie Mongiat, who retired after 46 years of service to the town. Louie started with the Highway Department in 1968. He moved over to the water department and also was on call for emergencies for the sewer department. Louie also worked many years as an on call Fire Fighter. He truly embodied the spirit of helping out any and all departments and any citizen he encountered. He was a member of the Marathon Committee and was a prominent figure involved in the painting of the starting line each year. Louie took over the duties of his late friend, Cookie Kumlin, and made sure the Dough Boy Statue and the war veterans memorials were taken care of each year. Louie is best known as the guy who ”Knows where everything is”. If you need to know where a pipe is buried, where a drain discharges to, or where a rarely used spare part was, you asked. Louie and he always knew.

His Co-Workers wished him the best of luck and his union members presented him with custom DPW jacket. Louie plans to remain active in his bowling league and he still stops by to visit at the Wood Street garage.

Play Mini Golf in the Library March 13 and March 14!

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Hopkinton Public Library will once again be transformed into an indoor miniature golf course, open on Friday, March 13, from 2 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per round at the door with all proceeds benefiting the restoration, renovation and expansion of the Library.

CSA Raffle to Support the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library

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Make a donation to the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library at the library and be eligible for a drawing on April 22 to win a bi-weekly share of local organic produce from Hopkinton's Long Life Farm.

Suggested donation: $10 for one entry, $25 for three.

Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library.

Hopkinton Middle School Principal Warns of Inappropriate Use of Social Media

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Principal of Hopkinton Middle School Alan Keller recently sent the below letter to all Middle School Parents due to issues that have come up with 8th grade students;

"Dear Grade 8 Parents:

Women in Islam at the Hopkinton Public Library

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Popular media often presents Islam through the lens of five second sound bites and cookie cutter images, overlooking the dynamic pluralism that shapes Muslim communities. This presentation will focus on the diversity of women's experiences in Muslim Communities in America. Join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 PM to learn more about Women in Islam.

Golden Pond Assisted Living Employment Fair

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Come join the Golden Pond team! We are hosting an Employment Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. We are looking for passionate, dedicated and dependable employees to work in our Assisted Living Community in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. We will be performing immediate interviews at the Fair. All potential applicants should bring their resume, social security card and photo identification. For the safety of our residents, we perform Cori background checks.

Positions Available:
CNA/HHA
Wait-staff
Laundry
Housekeeping
Maintenence

Play Mini Golf in the Library March 13 and March 14!

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Hopkinton Public Library will once again be transformed into an indoor miniature golf course, open on Friday, March 13, from 2 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per round at the door with all proceeds benefiting the restoration, renovation and expansion of the Library.

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Video Segment: Local Veterans Honored During 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Just Over 70 years ago on February 19th 1945, 30,000 US Marines landed on the island of IWO Jima an island of the Japanese volcano Islands with an approximate area of about 8 square miles and positioned south of Tokyo. The goal of the Marine invasion known as Operation detachment was to capture airfields on the island in order to attack Japanese mainland. The Imperial Japanese Army positioned themselves in heavily fortified bunkers with heavy artiliery gunning down U.S. Marines as they pushed forward onto the island. U.S. Marines had little cover as they advanced on the island and thousands were wounded or killed in the first few days of the battle.

Over 70,000 Americans were used to capture Iwo Jima against roughly 23,000 Japanese, with most Japanese refusing anything less than fighting to the death.It would not be until March 26, 1945 the island would be secured by U.S. marines and in the 36 day long battle, American loses included over 6000 killed and over 17,000 wounded. Iwo Jima was the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which American casulaties exceeded the Japanese.

27 U.S. military personnel were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle of Iwo Jima, Of the 27 medals awarded, 22 were presented to Marines and five were presented to United States Navy sailors, four of whom were hospital corpsmen attached to Marine infantry units; this was 28 percent of the 82 Medals of Honor awarded to Marines in the entirety of World War II in the Pacific.

Several local survivors of the Battle of IWO Jima were honored at the state house in Boston. A few veterans from Hopkinton were also in attendence
Rob Phipps son of Iwo Jima survivor Paul M. Phipps; Hank Allessio US Army Signal Corps veteran; Mike Whalen - Marine veteran, communications; Pat Lynch - Marine veteran, Korean conflict; Bob Lavoie - Marine veteran and survivor of Iwo Jima and the Frozen Chosin; Ed O'Leary - US Army veteran artillery/mortars; and, Adam Lavoie son of Iwo Jima survivor Bob Lavoie.

Photo in this story was taken during the battle by Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal. The image is the most famous image from the Battle of Iwo Jima and was used to sculpt a memorial to the Iwo Jima Veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington D.C.

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Video Segment: Special Town Meeting about Land at 203 Pond Street

On Wednesday Night (March 3rd) a special town meeting was held to vote on if the town can purchase a parcel of land, approximately 43 acres for open space preservation at 203 Pond Street. The total cost of the parcel would be $2,000,000. The special town meeting was held to meet the March 14th deadline to purchase the parcel. During the meeting it was calculated that the maximum tax impact for the typical household would be $29.98 per year on a 10 year bond should the town purchase the approximately 43 acres of land.

To start the town meeting, it was immediately voted and passed unanimously that the order of the Warrant be changed to start with Article 3: "203 Pond Street - Purchase of Land". In short the article would allow the town to purchase "Lots 1-12" at 203 Pond Street for $2,000,000. Article 3 covered 12 acres of the land, but the rest of the land would have been gifted to the town under Article 1, should Article 3 pass. Also at the beginning of discussion some time was taken to change some minor terminology in the Board of Selectmen proposal. The open discussion started with the Open Space Preservation Committee recommending approval followed by the Appropriations Committee and Capital Improvements not recommending the purchase. John Mosher presented the Board of Selectmen's approval for the purchase stating that the land provides unique and compelling attributes, provides connection and access and is consistent with a part of Hopkinton's vision statement; "Protect open spaces and natural resources, build upon the town’s history and cultural heritage, and treasure our beautiful and special places as they define our community identity and character".

Director of Land Protection for the Sudbury Valley Trustees Christa Collins, backed Mosher stating that the land; balances growth, links existing conservation lands, would be ideal for walkers, hikers and bikers and is in close proximity to sensitive natural habitats. The Sudbury Valley Trustee representative also mentioned that the 203 Pond Street land sits between 1,357 acres of the Upton State Forest and 815 acres of the Whitehall State Park. David Goldman of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust backed the purchase stating the land would provide 800 feet or more of connectivity and if not purchased the connectivity would be limited to 50 feet between Upton State Forest and Whitehall State Park.

Ken Weismantel of the planning board stated that the land was the best open space subdivision development he has seen during his time with the planning board. Weismantel stated $2 million was very high for open space and $15,000-$25,000 per acre is the typical cost spent for open space land. Weismantel has also proposed plans that cut down on the amount of land the town should purchase at 203 Pond Street. The Community Preservation Committee also voted against using CPC funds to purchase the land. Ron Clark of the Community Preservation Committee recommended no vote because of other community needs such as new school, library and DPW needs. Clark also stated that there are other connections to Upton State Forest without the land and the town should spend more on people rather than historic preservation. "We really have more pressing opportunities for money in Hopkinton." Clark also agreed that if the town was going to purchase any land at 203 Pond Street, they should scale down the purchase to 1 or 2 lots. Frank D'Urso of the Planning Board stated the town should consider other options than town funds for the purchase. Former planning board member Sandy Altamura talked about her frustrations of the topic due to the fact the town did not consider purchasing an earlier proposal of 240 acres on Lumber Street for $2 million and was opposed stating the town can't afford 2 million for 12 house lots.

Article 3: Land Purchase - 203 Pond Street was called to a standing vote and failed the 2/3rd majority requirement with 113 voting against the purchase and 152 in favor. Following a motion for no action on Article 1: Gift of Land - 203 Pond Street and Article 2: Gift of Land - 22 School Street passed unanimously.

If the town did not purchase the land, owners of the land John Coolidge and Ann Richards plan to sell to Canton based developer "Diamond Building Inc," which plans to build a 12 home subdivision, Michael Manning, Chair of the Appropriations Committee estimated the town revenue would be approximately $180,000 per year if 12 housing units were built on the land. Manning also stated 12 units of housing would likely be revenue neutral to the town. The other 32 acres of land will likely remain as open space regardless.

High School Student Artists Work will be on Display at the Center for the Arts

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Selected Students from Hopkinton High School will be putting on an Art Show at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Exhibit Dates- April 6 to 24, 2015

Installation- Thurs, April 2 and Fri, April 3, (2-4pm each day)

Opening Reception- Tuesday, April 7, 6-7pm

Take down Artwork- Mon, April 27 - Wed, April 29 (2-3pm each day)

Featured Student Artists:

Annie Dumas

Victoria Feng

Lauren Hazzard

Chryssanthi Barris

Max Charteris

Mia Coutinho

Maggie Siegfried

Emily Joyce

Maddie Juffras

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