Senate, House Approve Bill to Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

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The Massachusetts legislature today passed legislation to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in Massachusetts from 17 to 18 years old, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. Raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction brings the Commonwealth’s approach to young criminal offenders in line with most other states, recent developmental research and many other legal age limits in the Commonwealth.

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Planning Starts Early for 2014 Boston Marathon; Registration Opens September 9

Interim Police Chief Chuck Wallace and Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Executive Director Tom Grilk appeared before the Board of Selectmen at their September 3 meeting to provide an update on the plans for the 2014 Boston Marathon which will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014.

At question for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon was whether or not Hopkinton was prepared to meet the planned increased field size of 36,000 runners. Planning for the 2014 marathon is being done by the Hopkinton Working Group; a group that Wallace explained is made of up representatives from the Hopkinton Police and Fire departments, the Hopkinton Public Schools, the Department of Public Works, the Marathon Committee and independent subject matter experts working with the B.A.A. One of the group’s goals was to decide whether or not Hopkinton felt comfortable with the logistics and security involved with the increased field size of 36,000 runners.

After looking at all of the potential challenges Wallace said that the group was confident that based on a strong commitment from the BAA and their willingness to engage in good faith discussions and planning for the security needs for the 2014 marathon, the Working Group would support the B.A.A.’s request for a parade permit for a field not to exceed 36,000 runners.

“We do feel comfortable that we can put on a safe race with the support of the B.A.A.,” said Wallace.

In past years, the request for the parade permit was typically submitted one month prior to the start of the race, but with the added security measures required due to the events at the finish line last year, planning and the request for the parade permit has started much earlier. While not yet officially submitted, Grilk told the board that the hoped to have it to the board by the beginning of October.

According to a press release from the B.A.A. dated August 29, registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and while Grilk admitted that in a perfect world the parade permit would be settled well in advance of registration, it is necessary to start the registration early so that the runners will have time to prepare and complete their training. Security planning for the upcoming race will also be extended and will require more time to finalize.

“The plans that are finally developed will be absolutely state-of-the-art,” said Grilk.

Before leaving the meeting, Grilk also talked about all of the opportunities that he has had to talk about “Boston Strong”.

“People here don’t give in; have not, never would, never will,” said Grilk. “It’s a privilege to work together with all of you, with the chiefs, with the working groups; they have given us the opportunity to earn their trust.”

A special registration period for the 2013 Boston Marathon began on August 19 and concluded on August 29 for the 2013 Boston Marathon starters who reached the half marathon checkpoint or later, but did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line on Bolyston Street. Those 5,624 runners were contacted by the B.A.A. via email; thus far, more than 4,500 entries have been received.

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Hopkinton's Christian Lavoie: Starting Pitcher for the Pittsfield Suns

Baseball has always been an important part of Hopkinton High graduate Christian Lavoie's life. However, now a Junior at UMASS Lowell and currently a starting pitcher for their baseball team, getting to this point hasn't been easy. After missing most of the Hiller's games during his Sophomore and Senior years due to a stress fracture in his spine, Lavoie had to work hard to prove his talents to play on past high school.

IIn his first two seasons at UMASS Lowell, Lavoie has a 7-3 record with a 3.46 earned run average and has struck out 59 batters in 80 innings of work for the River Hawks. Starting next season, the team will be playing in the America East Conference, a change that will move the team up from Division II to Division I.

This past summer, at the recommendation of his college coach, Lavoie also played for the Pittsfield Suns, a summer baseball collegiate team. As a starter, Lavoie led the Suns' starting staff with both a 2.89 ERA and 56 innings pitched. He was also second on the team in strikeouts with 40. One moment that really stands out for Lavoie during his first summer with the Suns was when Hopkinton residents Hank Allessio, Eric Sonnett, and Ken Weismantel came out to Pittsfield to cheer him on.

Lavoie says that his strength is his control, particularly on his fastball. However, not wanting to rely too heavily on his signature pitch, Lavoie wanted to add another dimension to his game, and worked hard this summer to develop his changeup and curveball.

Ideally, after college, Lavoie would love to continue on playing baseball at the professional level. However, considering how much he has had to overcome to get to where he is now, Lavoie says getting to that point would go beyond his expectations.

Lavoie says that the secret to his success is his work ethic and positive attitude, a message which he hopes to impart on those currently playing baseball in Hopkinton.

August 2013 Shoot Photos

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What happened in Hopkinton during the month of August? From Rep. Dykema's Annual Senior Picnic, to the first annual Boston Marathon Motorcycle Ride, the construction of the downtown water main, the opening of a new Thai restaurant and a volunteer effort to clean up the grounds of Hopkinton's schools, 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 August . Enjoy!

MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition Hires Water Consultant

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The MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition (MWAAC) voted unanimously last Thursday night (September 5, 2013) to retain Kleinfelder to provide water impact peer review services for the proposed Foxwoods MA casino development in Milford, MA.

Rep. Dykema Hosts Gun Violence Listening Tour in MetroWest

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Representative Dykema has invited Representative Hank Naughton, Chairman of the Joint legislative Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to bring his Gun Violence Listening Tour to the 8th Middlesex District.

Gun Violence Listening Tour
Monday September 9th, 7pm
Holliston Upper Town Hall
703 Washington Street
Holliston, MA

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Freshman Start School With Laptop Training

A year into its implementation, the 1-1 Laptop Initiative, which requires incoming high school students to have access to a laptop either by utilizing an already purchased one or by leasing an Apple MacBook from the school, was deemed a success by school officials.

On August 26th, incoming freshmen and their parents attended a presentation to learn about the rules and procedures for using the laptops. The rules regarding the machines have not changed from last year, with students being asked to assume responsibility for them. Students are required to bring the laptop fully charged in a zipped case to class each day. Students are also responsible for backing up their data as well as keeping the computer in their lockers when not in use. If a laptop is damaged or stolen, it is the responsibility of the student and parent to address the situation. Laptops that are leased from the school are property of the Hopkinton Public School System until paid off.

Director of Technology for Hopkinton Public Schools, Ashoke Ghosh, says that the school plans on holding seminars during the year which will focus on specific concerns regarding the laptops and computer safety.

For more information about the 1-1 laptop initiative including more details on proper protocols for the laptops, visit the 1-1 laptop site, which can be accessed on the High School's homepage.

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HPTA Hosts Luncheon For New Teachers

As the school year starts up again, new teachers from every school were welcomed to town by the HPTA with a lunch on August 27th at the Middle School. The lunch gave the teachers an opportunity to talk to each other as well as to the school administrators in attendance as well as some of the members of the HPTA.

For the new teachers, many say that they are looking forward to a new school year and working in Hopkinton. Watch the HCAM News video to hear what they have to say!

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Best Buddies and Kona Ice Truck Greet Students on Picture Day

Those hanging around the High School for Freshmen orientation or school picture day on August 27th were in store for a sweet treat. For the second year in a row, the High School's chapter of Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to fostering one-on-one relationships with people that have intellectual and developmental disabilities, sponsored a flavored ice truck in the school parking lot.

The Kona Ice Truck, which helps various community organizations fundraise by donating a portion of their proceeds, was on hand to help the Best Buddies raise money for their various activities that they host throughout the year including their annual dance and Spread the Word to End the Word, a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the harmful effects of using derogatory language to describe those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Golden Pond Celebrates National Assisted Living Week with “Homemade Happiness” Theme

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In observance of National Assisted Living Week®, September 8 to 14, Golden Pond Assisted Living will sponsor a series of events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers and the surrounding community to celebrate “Homemade Happiness.”

The “Homemade Happiness” theme acknowledges the contributions of staff, residents, and families in making the assisted living community a home for residents.


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