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Video Segment: Snow Removal Update

In the month of February we have seen a blizzard, 2 massive snow storms dropping nearly a foot of snow and 4 straight weekends with a significant snowstorm. The snow has caused mayhem in the Boston area and repeatedly closed schools and businesses across the state. DPW or roadway departments and cleanup crews have been working nonstop throughout New England over the last few weeks. Recently DPW Director of Hopkinton, John Westerling gave HCAM news an update on the current status of snow cleanup in Hopkinton.

Westerling mentioned during a typical snowstorm 45 pieces of equipment are used which includes DPW equipment and private contractors. Due to the record snowfall, DPW workers and independent contractors through the recent days have worked through the night to clear sidewalks, push snow off of streets, clean up public parking lots and eliminate dangerous snow mounds. Throughout the last few nights a full compliment of equipment has been out to remove snow from the downtown area, schools, fire and police parking lots and other public parking areas.

John also mentioned that due to the record amount of snowfall extra money had to be spent on snow removal; "town meeting last year, appropriated $350,000 for snow and ice removal and we exceeded that." In accordance with Mass general laws, the DPW received permission to overspend the appropriated budget on snow and ice removal. "I would say that the difficult part has been the continuous effort" Blizzard Juno dropped 31 inches of snow and the following weekend 16 more inches of snow fell followed by a couple smaller storms. Westerling emphasized the most difficult part has been keeping up with the snow due to the continuous storms that have occurred. "it's just compound the effort and makes you go back to square one with snow plowing, treating the roads, widening intersections, widening roads, removing the snow." Westerling did not know the exact amount that has been spent on snowfall removal so far due to incoming invoices from independent contractors.

Westerling praised the hard work the DPW and cleanup crews have put in throughout the record setting snowfall; "Hopkinton is blessed with a dedicated and committed crew at the department of public works, the highway, water and sewer departments, those gentlemen have been working long hours and are dedicated to providing the best service to the community making the roads safe, navigable and just doing the best they can for the community."

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Video Segment: Latest Happening in Town

After 34 years in business the Golden Spoon located at 85 West Main street will have their last day Sunday, March 1st. a Starbucks, Unibank and stores have been proposed for the area, the existing structure will be demolished to make more room for roadways.

Part owner of Colella's Supermarket at 61 Main Street Dale Danahy reportedly announced that despite the grocery store portion closing soon, the liquor store portion will remain open. The supermarket will be closing in the near future, the date has not yet been announced. No date has been determined to how long the liquor store will stay open after the grocery portion closes or what the future of the property is. The Grocery portion is expected to close within the next few weeks.

Town officials from Ashland and Hopkinton are holding public meetings in both towns to get public input on a possible merger between fire deparments. The merger would essentially create one big fire department for both Hopkinton and Ashland. HCAM News will continue to update you on the plan as it moves forward.

Tuesday March 3rd at 7pm is the special town meeting at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorioum to discuss if the town should purchase land at 203 Pond Street, The special election will be Tuesday March 10th, 2015. The Special Town meeting will air live on HCAM.

Point of Order Returns LIVE Tomorrow, 2/27 at 12:30 p.m.

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Tomorrow, February 27th, at 12:30 p.m., town manager Norman Khumalo and Operations Assistant to the Town Manager Jamie Hellen will appear with town moderator Bruce Karlin on Point of Order. This episode will be a follow-up on the 203 Pond St issue, and provide voters with valuable information ahead of the March 3rd town meeting and March 10th.

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Video Segment: Hopkinton Hillers Sports Update

Hopkinton Hillers Hockey:
Wed Feb 11th – Win Over Littleton 2-1
Mon Feb 16th – Tie With Milford 3-3
Wed Feb 18th – Win Over Northbridge 5-3
Final Season Record – 8-9-3
(19 Points) (1 point short of Post Season)

Girls Basketball:
Friday Feb 13th
Hillers defeat Norton 69-52 (Holly Adams – 23 Points, 14 Rebounds)

Monday Feb 16th – Win VS Hampshire 58-42
Tuesday Feb 17th – Loss VS Foxborough 61-38
Thursday Feb 19th - Loss VS Medway 62-52
Girls Basketball Finishes Season 9-11

Boys Swim and Dive Divisionals:
1 Meter Dive - Reece Donahue – 3rd
100 Yard Butterfly – Andrew Madigan – 17th
100 Yard Backstroke – Andrew Madigan – 10th

Girls Division 1 Finals:
1 Meter Diving
Mattie Stauss – 3rd
Alyssa Anneberg – 5th
Renee Salois – 6th
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – 9/34
Overall Rank – 9/38

Indoor Track Divisionals:
Girls 4x800 meter Relay – Hopkinton 1st/17
Mary-Paule Monks, Shelby Aarden, Isabelle Giordano, Lauren Hazzard

Boys 55 Meter Dash – Michael Cuthbert 5/18
1 Mile Run – Evan Park 6/18

Indoor Track Divisionals:
Hiller Girls Rank – 5/24
Hiller Boys – 18/26

Wrestling Divisionals:
(Place Winners)
Ryan Mastroianni – 2nd (106 Lbs)
Ethan Poovakad 4th (113 Lbs)
Colin Shea 4th (120 Lbs)
Adam Correia 3rd (126 Lbs)
Sam Esfahani 3rd (132 Lbs)

Wrestling Divisionals:
(Place Winners)
Lukas Kaminski 2nd (138 Lbs)
Daniel Murphy 5th (145 Lbs)
Zach Herlihy 1st (152 Lbs)
Chris Zarba 3rd (160 Lbs)
Wyat Beach 3rd (182 Lbs)
Conrad Lavoie 1st (220 Lbs)
Josh Sokol 1st (285 Lbs)

Hopkinton’s Josh Sokol won Division 2 State Championship in 285 LB
Hillers finished 14th overall in Division 2

Hillers Boys Basketball:
2/11 - Hopkinton beat Medfield in Overtime 77-72 (Matt Locke 21 Points)
2/13 – Norton beat Hopkinton 56-35
2/17 – Hopkinton beat Medway 69-57
Finishes Regular Season 11-9 (Clinched 5th Seed in Division 2 Central Bracket)

Golden Pond Invites You to its Free March Events

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Golden Pond will host a lecture series on chronic pain self-management on March 2, 9, 16, 23 and on April 6 from 9:00-11:30 AM. The series will focus on practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and stress. The series is presented by The Healthy Living Center for Excellence with Bay Path Elder Services. Pre-registration required.

An Open House will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Learn about the independent and assisted living options available at Golden Pond. Wine and cheese will be served.

Expect Your Teen to Strive for Excellence

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Sometimes teens rush from chore to chore or project to project. Their goal is to finish a task. That's great, but it's important for your teen to do his best, too.
Help your teen learn to take pride in what he has done. If he prepares a meal, make sure you say, "It's good to enjoy what you made, isn't it?"

If your teen shows his creativity in a way that can be displayed, take the opportunity to display it. If possible, frame his art and hang it where everyone can enjoy it.

Let your teen see that you also stop to enjoy your own successes.

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Video Segment: Beer and Wine Tasting to benefit Competitive Cheer Team

The Friends of Hopkinton Competitive Cheer is sponsoring a Beer and Wine Gala to benefit our National Champion Hopkinton Cheerleaders on Feb 28th. It will be a great event and an opportunity to socialize with friends, family and neighbors. The will be a raffle and prizes! Please tell share this with you social network!! It will be a great time! See you there!

The event will take place at St. John’s Parish Hall on 20 Church Street in Hopkinton.

Saturday, Februay 28th 6:00pm-9:00pm

Cost is $25.00 Per Person

Purchase of ticket gets you entered into raffle for Wireless Surround Sound System. You don’t have to be present to win!

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*Event not associated with Hiller sports or the Hopkinton High School Cheer Team

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Video Segment: Civil War Book Author Tom Ellis talks about life in Hopkinton during war

The Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Committee hosted Tom A.C. Ellis J.R., a book author who has done countless research and wrote about the Civil War in many local communities including Framingham, Medway, Millis and Hopkinton. Tom told stories of what life was like during the Civil War in Hopkinton and talked about the harsh reality of what was a very tough time in U.S. History. In one of the many stories during the presentation he mentioned; "The Doctors got the nickname of Saw Bones because with a shattered arm or shattered leg there was nothing you could do but saw it off."

Tom stated he initially became interested in the research doing Civil War reenactments with his son and organizing events; "Once I retired, I realized there are a lot of towns that have a very rich history like Hopkinton and nothings written." Tom mentioned it takes him a year and a half to research a town and that documenting the history could be used in the future as a valuable resource. Tom has wrote many books telling the history of local towns during the Civil War including "Hopkinton's Civil War Service".

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Video Segment: Hopkinton and Greece Form Strong Relationship through Boston Marathon

It is believed by many the name of the athletic long-distance endurance race, otherwise known as the "marathon",comes from the legend of a Greek runner who was sent from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon back on 490bc.The most famous marathon today began in 1897 and is held on Patriots day. The Boston Marathon which since 1924 has started in Hopkinton and finished in Copley Square in Boston. Greece and Hopkinton have built and maintained a strong connection through the marathon.

State Senator Karen Spilka spoke of the strong relationship at the 300th Anniversary opening ceremony referring to Marathon, Greece as a sister city to Hopkinton. "Every April we display to the entire world, it's not just a Massachusetts event anymore but it's the whole world, our community pride and shared values of perseverance, collaboration and the human connection when we host the Boston Marathon." Senator Spilka spoke of her pride and honor in developing a relationship with Greece and spoke of the friendly bond formed with Greece officials. "Every time I go by and see the statue near Weston Nurseries, it's wonderful to see the symbol of the spirit of the marathon and all that it stands for and our towns connection to Greece."

HPS Public Notice

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Special Education Child Find Notice
Under federal and state special education regulations, Hopkinton Public Schools has a duty to locate, identify, refer, evaluate and, if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities who reside in the town of Hopkinton. For parents or guardians of children ages 3-21 years of age who have a disability or developmental delay, and who would like more information, please contact Marijane Hackett, Director of Student Services and Child Find Coordinator, at 508-497-9850.


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