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Annie Jr. Hits the Stage this Summer in Hopkinton

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Enter Stage Left Theater’s (ESL) summer youth theater workshop presents Annie Jr. in two performances Friday, July 24 at 2 and 7 p.m. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and is now adapted for young performers in Annie Jr. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Book by Thomas Meehan. Based on Little Orphan Annie. Directed by Mary Scarlata-Rowe. The 60-minute production will take place at Hopkinton High School (90 Hayden Rowe St.) and features local actors in grades one through eight.

MBTA to Eliminate Honor Box Payment Method

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The MBTA or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is removing the "Honor Box" paying system starting next month. You will no longer be able to pay for parking by sticking cash in the little slot located on the honor boxes. A press release by the MBTA stated most customers are already using the PayByPhone app. In a recent press release the MBTA referred to the honor box payment system as "Archaic". The press release is below;

CVS reached a decision about "Snappy Dogs" Hot Dog Stand

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Owners of Snappy Dogs Lisa Volpe Hachey and Teresa Boyce are very relieved today as they received word that CVS will let the Hot Dog stand stay in business in their current space in the former Colella's parking lot. Snappy Dogs has become a favorite food stop for many locals throughout the last few years.

The CVS has been under much criticism from many locals after leasing space in the former Colella's since they are not a locally owned business. Anti-CVS petitions and online forums were started in Hopkinton.

Selectmen Sent Letter to Crosspoint Associates Regarding CVS

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Below is a letter Board of Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko sent to President of "Cross Point Associates Incorporated" John Hueber. Crosspoint Associates owns the former Colella's property and much criticism from residents was raised after a portion of the property was leased to CVS. The letter addressed the concerns of many Hopkinton Citizens that the CVS would negatively alter the integrity of downtown Hopkinton by hurting local business.

"Dear Mr. Hueber,

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Video: Center School Flag Day Ceremony

HCAM News was on the scene for the Annual Flag Day Ceremony at Center School as they celebrated our country. In the video below you can see all the footage HCAM News captured at the event!

Boy Scout Troop #1 Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction

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Boy Scout Troop #1 is hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Friday, June 19 at Faith Community Church from 5:00-8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 9 and under. You may also donate $10 toward a Senior. Dinner includes pasta, sauce, meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. There will be dairy, nut and gluten-free options. Many silent auction prizes are available, including event tickets, sports tickets, museum passes, restaurant gift cards and so much more!

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Video: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visits Hopkinton

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito who took part in the Hopkinton 300th anniversary opening ceremony was back in Hopkinton to meet with Town Manager Norman Khumalo and other local business and government leaders as part of the "Building Stronger Communities" tour. Lieutenant Governor Polito is the Chair of "The Community Compact Cabinet" which serves to strengthen partnerships in all cities and towns across the state.

The Lieutenatnt Governor spoke with HCAM News about the meeting; "The goal today was to have a conversation on where Hopkinton is and how the state can be a better partner." Lt. Governor Polito mentioned that one of the goals of Hopkinton is to improve the commercial tax base since Hopkinton is largely a residential community.

Lt. Governor Polito spoke of how the state is working on becoming a better partner with local communities such as Hopkinton; "We need to really watch unfunded mandates, regulations and barriers to growth in a community like Hopkinton." Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito would like to see the Community Compact program spread across the state; "I wanted to make that available to Hopkinton because their already achieving a high level of management here and just challenge them to do a little bit more, raise the bar in terms of best practices and see if we can be a better partner by providing some resources in helping them achieve that goal."

Polito mentioned that the program could help put Hopkinton in line for larger grants for infrastructure improvements and various other needs. "We want to make sure we are reaching all of the communities in our commonwealth in every part of the commonwealth, not just the big cities but the smaller communities, the midsize communities like Hopkinton and really just build that relationship between state and municipal government."

To hear more, watch the interview below.

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Full Senior Recognition Night and Commencement Ceremony Videos

The Full video's for the Senior Recognition Night and 2015 Graduation Ceremony are below.

Video 1: Class of 2015 Senior Recognition Night

Video 2: Class of 2015 Commencement

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Video: Natick Soldier R,D&E Presents Equipment Enhancements at Senior Center

Chief of Public Affairs for the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center, David A. Accetta showed off some enhancements with Military gear at the senior center following the Veteran's monthly breakfast. Accetta is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and served during a number of Military operations during the 2000's in the Middle East. Accetta showed off various body armor and helmets from throughout the years and pointed out various enhancements made leading to what is currently being used.

Accetta mentioned that a large variety of work is done at the research, development & engineering center; "we test equipment constantly, we do a lot of different work at the US Army Natick Labs". In addition to individual equipment for personal protection, the center does load carriage (backpacks), shelters, personal & cargo parachute systems and many other forms of equipment needed. One other piece of equipment the former Colonel showed off was a pair of sunglasses used to lessen the harm of lasers; "there is a sensor in the front and it protects against directed energy." The glasses are designed to figure out the point of impact and pixelate the laser to make it dark and take away the harm of the laser. Accetta mentioned that feedback from soldiers currently in the field and veterans is important in development; "we consider service members always service members and we value their opinions and value their experience."

You can find more information at: http://nsrdec.natick.army.mil/

More information is also included in the video below.

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Video: Coach Greco and Keane talk Hillers Summer Basketball Camp

Hopkinton Parks and Recreation is hosting Boys and Girls Basketball Camps this Summer. Below are the details and video of Hillers Girls Varsity Head Coach Mike Greco and Hillers Boys Varsity Head Coach Tom Keane talking about the camps.

Come and learn basketball’s basic skills with the Hopkinton High School staff, former and current Hillers varsity players. Players practice individual skills through fun and competitive drills. Players will learn about team play and sportsmanship while gaining experience through a morning and afternoon game.

Players of all abilities are welcome to learn from High School athletes and coaches

Girls Camp Details (Grades 4-9 Invited)
Locations: Hopkinton High School - Athletic Center (grades 7-9)
Hopkinton Middle School - Brown Gym (grades 4-6)
Time: 9:00 am- 2:00pm
Dates: July 20-24
Cost: $200.00
Coached by Mike Greco, Varsity Coach Hopkinton High School

To Sign up for the Girls Camp, Click following link: https://www.hopkintonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?Progra...

Boys Camp Details (Grades 4-9 Invited)
Players of all abilities are welcome to learn from High School athletes and coaches

Locations: Hopkinton High School - Athletic Center (grades 7-9)
Hopkinton Middle School - Brown Gym (grades 4-6)
Time: 9:00 am- 2:00pm
Dates: Session I: July 13- 17
Session II: July 27- 31
Cost: $200.00
Coached by Tom Keane, Varsity Coach - HHS Boys Basketball

To sign up for the Boys Camp click following link: https://www.hopkintonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?Progra...

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