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A Close Knit Group

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The library quiets down, the last book has been checked out and all the patrons are gone. It’s 6:30PM and the knitting needles come out, time for another Sit & Knit group meeting at the Hopkinton Town Library.

On this winter night, December 30th, local knitters Marge Touzjian, Maureen Fernald, Patti Bendiak, Sara Hunter, and Linda Connelly join their collective knitting needles to work on a joint 130 square afghan project. A few knit squares sit on the table awaiting assembly, but for now, individual projects are the intent focus of the group. The afghan can wait.

Donations Still Needed for MLK DAY OF GIVING BACK - JANUARY 17

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Please join us for breakfast snacks, a kick off program and community service activities. In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Hopkinton will bring together young and old to celebrate volunteerism.

But we need YOUR HELP!! Please start collecting the following items and bring them that day:

Donations Needed:
Yarn for Knitted Hats for homeless
Children’s books (new/gently used) for Cradles to Crayons
Canned goods (check expiration date) for Project Just Because Pantry
Used eye glasses for Lion’s Club
Used cell phones for Senior Center

Representative Dykema Encourages Energy Efficiency

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As the weather turns colder and our energy bills become increasingly expensive, I urge you to join with me in my new year’s resolution to save money by increasing my energy efficiency.

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Baypath Humane Society

The Baypath Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter located on Rafferty Road in Hopkinton. Its mission is to facilitate the placement of stray and unwanted animals; to establish and maintain an animal shelter and associated procedures which promote the health, care and adoption of these animals; and to educate adopters and the local public on proper pet care and handling, over population and the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Library Hopes to Attract More Teens

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The tape peeled off the rolls as the young duct tape designers crafted objects de art from the pastel colored sticky tape.

The “Ductivities” program held at the library yesterday, December 29th, drew a small, but talented group of students who had a lot of fun and took home some very cool cell phone cases, chair caddies, and flowers all made from duct tape.

Christmas Tree Pickup

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Boy Scout Troop 4 of Hopkinton will be providing a Christmas tree pickup and recycling service for residents of Hopkinton. The cost is $5.00 for trees under 8 feet and $10.00 for trees over 8 feet. Scouts will pick up trees on Saturday, January 8th, 15th, and 22nd.

To request a pick-up, please go to www.trees.troop4hopkinton.org or call (508) 293-6396 and leave your name, address, date for pick up, and tree height. Please make your request by Thursday of the week chosen for pick-up.

Library Board of Trustees Seeks Support for Expansion

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In 1895 the Hopkinton Public Libary was built with contributions from the 2,984 residents of our wonderful town. In 1967, when the town's population almost doubled to 5,569, the Library Trustees purchased the adjacent Episcopal Churc and connected the two buildings together to meet the demands of its growing community.

Today, Hopkinton's library -- only 5.015 square feet -- is among the smallest in the state, despite a population that now exceeds 15,000 residents. To meet the needs of our growing population, the Trustees have been exploring cost-efficient ways to expand.

Attorney General Settles with Dannon for Deceptive Yogurt Advertising

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley along with the Attorneys General of 38 other states entered into a $21 million settlement today with The Dannon Company, Inc. (“Dannon”), to resolve allegations that Dannon made unsubstantiated and unlawful marketing claims concerning its Activia and DanActive yogurt products.

The New Library Plan

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Hopkinton has a new library plan. The “behind Center School” plan is history. The new plan incorporates the existing building with a highly complementary and architecturally consistent structure that will, according to the Permanent Building Committee, meet the library needs of Hopkinton for the next 50 years.

Revised Plans for Library Revealed

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There was a joint meeting with several town board last night to review the revised plans for Hopkinton's proposed new library. After determining that the Center School site could not be guaranteed, designers went back to the drawing board to come up with plans for a renovation and expansion at the existiing site. Feedback on the new plans was very positive. The cost estimate for the new plan is still pending and parking issues are still being looked at.

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