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Video Segment: HHS Student Council Helps out at Historical Society

On Martin Luther King Day, a new tradition was started a couple years ago by Chair Margie Wiggin and the Hopkinton Youth Commission, a Day On instead of a Day Off, which means students in Hopkinton Schools can help out many various organizations and charitable causes. Members of the Hopkinton High School Student Council participated and one of the organizations they helped out was the Hopkinton Historical Society.

President of the Historical Society Bill Shaw explained this was the 4th year on Martin Luther King Day students helped at the Historical Society. The students helped clean out, rearrange furniture and helped set up the Historical Society. Shaw mentioned that the Historical Society plans to open for approximately 6 hours a week late spring/early summer.

For more information about the Historical Society you can visit:

Kenny is Seeking Forever Love

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Kenny is a very sweet boy with a great personality! He loves going out for long walks and going exploring with his human pals. He's also quite the cuddler! He's enrolled in obedience classes and is a very smart cookie. He'll thrive in an active home with an experienced dog owner with adults only, or with older, respectful teens and should be a solo pet. This handsome four year old hound hasn't had it easy, but he's a delightful young dog who needs a second chance at happiness.

Free February Events at Golden Pond

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Golden Pond Assisted Living invites you to our free events taking place throughout the month of February. On Monday, February 9, there will be a Veteran’s Talk. What is the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit, and who is eligible? This talk is presented by John Givner, Director of Veteran Services for the town of Hopkinton. The talk is from 6:30-8:00 PM, and there is a free Open House tour at the same time.

Join the Hopkinton Education Foundation for a Improv Hopkinton

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The Hopkinton Education Foundation is excited to be hosting its first Comedy Night with Improv Boston on March 28th, 7:00 PM, at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland. General Admission Ticket is $75, which includes admission, un-reserved table seating, food stations, DJ, and comedy entertainment. A limited number Premium Table Seating for 10 Guests is being offered for $800, which includes admission, food stations, DJ, and premium reserved seating for 10 for the comedy entertainment.

Don Brown of Hopkinton Selected for Hopkinton Education Foundation’s Invitational Boston Marathon Number

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The Hopkinton Education Foundation is proud to announce Don Brown, a local family man and entrepreneur, as the winner of the invitational number for the 119th Boston Marathon.

Mr. Brown has committed to raising $5,000, in addition, he will match any donation up to his personal commitment of $2,500. Don chose the Education Foundation to support as he feels the “Hopkinton school system has provided the best education we ever could have hoped for our kids, who have gone off to great schools with strong national reputations.”

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Video Segment: Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Kickoff Ceremony

Many Gathered for the opening ceremony to celebrate Hopkinton's 300th anniversary. Their were many speakers during the evening including Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito who praised Hopkinton for many different things including the school system and the Boston Marathon. "You have many things to be proud of, just simple things that take a whole lot of thought and concentration in making sure that your schools are great. You have made the mark and we are very proud as officials here to celebrate the great learning you provide to the students who come through the halls of these schools... When you think of the Boston Marathon and what a tradition that has become here in our commonwealth, despite the tragic day that occurred. We are united, we are strong, Boston Strong, Hopkinton Strong, Commonwealth Strong and forever strong and resilient in the face of adversity." Karyn Polito credited the great tradition of the Marathon in Hopkinton and the turnout in Hopkinton each year for the Marathon.

Board of Selectmen chair Todd Cestari talked a bit about Hopkinton's past. "Our past includes governors and congressmen, entrepreneurs and industrialists, athletes and war heroes. Some may be surprised Edward Hopkins, the name for which our town was named after, was never actually living here. In-fact the land that later became Hopkinton was purchased with money he left for Harvard upon his death. In honor of his gift, the trustees later named the town after him." Cestari talked about how the economy in Hopkinton has been funded through industrialism, tourism and agriculture. "At one point people came from around the world for the mineral springs, to experience the natural healing powers of our mineral springs... highlights of our industrial past included being the leading boot and shoe manufacturer in the middle of the 19th century... Hopkinton was also home to the nations second cotton mill."

Senator Karen Spilka praised Hopkinton for their progress in technology and for the environmental friendliness of the town. "Hopkinton has a long history of economic innovation." Spilka explained Hopkinton as a "World Class Technology Hub" and praised the growth as well as the energy sufficiency of the town.

State Representative Carolyn Dykema was one of many to praise Hopkintons oldest resident, 103 year old Sterling Hager. Dykema talked about how the many stories that Mr. Hager has throughout his time our important to acknowledge. Dykema presented a citation from the house of representatives to Sterling Hager. Mr. Hager was also presented with citations from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Senator Karen Spilka.

Mr Hager spoke after being honored. "If your like I am you do get discouraged with the news that we get from all around the world of things that are not pleasant but I want to tell you that I have seen so many good things happen in this country. If you live as long as I do you will see some good things happen, I can assure you."

Chair of the 300th Anniversary Committee Jean Bertschmann presented Sterling Hager with the Boston Post Cane Award. "The Boston Post Cane award is a tradition dating back to 1909 and it was started as a publicity campaign by the Boston Post Newspaper. At one time considered the nations leading standard sized newspaper in circulation, the Boston post eventually went out of business in 1957 however in many of the 700 towns that receive the canes, the tradition has survived."

To see more from the 300th Anniversary Kickoff Ceremony, check out the videos.

Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Study Group

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Public Forum Announcements: Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration to present project updates in Ashland & Hopkinton in February

The Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Study Group, assisted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and Municipal Resources Inc., will hold two public forums on the Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Collaboration Study project on the following dates and locations:

Monday, February 9, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Town of Ashland
Ashland High School Auditorium
65 East Union Street

Kindergarten Registration Moved to Feb. 10

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Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year that was scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to the closing of school today. Originally this was for families with last names beginning with A-L.

We have rescheduled the registration for next Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The time remains 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For families (last names M-Z) that may have missed registration last Thursday evening, we encourage you to register next Tuesday evening, February 10th.

We hope the third scheduling is the charm!
Lauren Dubeau, Principal

Schools monitoring for Flu with Increased Absences

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School Nurses across the district have noted an increase in student absences due to the Flu or Flu-Like Illnesses. All schools will continue to:
* Increase absence data monitoring to reflect these particular illnesses
* Update / consult with our district school physician
* Monitor student visits to the Nurse due to respiratory illness
* Encourage hand washing and cough etiquette throughout the district
Please consider reviewing the MA DPH links below with more information for parents:

Improv Comedy Show to benefit Hopkinton Education Foundation

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The Hopkinton Education Foundation is excited to be hosting its first Comedy Night with Improv Boston.

March 28th
Warren Conference Center

General Admission Ticket is $75, which includes admission, un-reserved table seating, food stations, DJ, and comedy entertainment. A limited number of Premium Table Seating for 10 Guests is being offered for $800, which includes admission, food stations, DJ, and premium reserved seating for 10 for the comedy entertainment.


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