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Video: Board of Appeals CVS Public Hearing

To start off the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Mark Hyman was nominated as Chair and Michael Pierce the Vice Chair as the board agreed to reorganize.

The ZBA than focused on the main topic of interest, the appeal of CVS moving in to 61 main street, which housed the former Colella's. The public hearing started off with a debate on if latecomers to the appeal, Hopkinton Drug owner Dennis Katz and resident Jason Mahon should be allowed to join after Mike Patel dropped from the appeal. After hearing both sides, the board moved the discussion to the issue at hand, whether CVS is a health services facility (which is not allowed in the downtown area) or is specifically a retail business and would be allowed in the downtown business district.

Attorney Eric Goldberg representing the appellants of the CVS argued that CVS through its advertising, marketing materials and own filings markets themselves as a healthcare facility. "Their argument is that we are not a healthcare services facility so we don't get bogged down on that quagmire but what we are proposing to install in that existing space is a retail store and the pharmacy is simply an accessory to a principal retail use, and that's a fallacy."

Licensed Pharmacist Todd Brown who is also "Executive Director of Massachusetts Independent Pharmacist Association" testified on behalf of the appellants stating that pharmacies are responsible to provide information and advise about medication and provide what is beyond a retail service. "If they don't do these services, if they don't evaluate the drug therapy or if they don't educate the patient appropriately on the use of the medication they're actually held liable.. so these are not services that you would think just a normal retail establishment would provide."

Hopkinton's Assistant Building Inspector Mike Shepard argued that despite being a pharmacy CVS is a retail facility. "Of course they dispense drugs that's obvious, whether CVS sells film, lipstick and hearing aids, it doesn't matter, they sell it all at retail."

Marisa Pizzi, one of the Attorneys representing Crosspoint Associates (Leaser of 61 Main Street to CVS) argued the services provided by the parent company CVS health are getting grouped in with the purpose of the retail stores: "the types of services that may be provided by CVS health, the parent association is not relevant. CVS Pharmacy Inc. is a registered foreign corporation in Massachusetts and it's registered for the purpose of doing business as a retail pharmacy chain."

After 3 hours of discussion the public hearing ran out of time and will continue at town hall, 7pm Wednesday October 14. See highlights in the video below.

EMC purchased by Dell for $67 Billion

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The New York Times is calling it "the biggest takeover ever of a technology company" as Dell purchased Hopkinton based EMC for $67 billion dollars.

EMC posted the following on their website : "Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company."

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Video: HCAM News 9-25-2015

On this edition of HCAM news, Michael Macione lets you know what you can learn at this years Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series, we have responses to our question of the week and we get you up to date with Hillers Sports as the fall season is in full swing but first after 32 years of service to the Hopkinton Police department, the board of selectmen honored officer Pat O’ Brien as he gets set to enjoy retirement.

Become a Part of the “Dear Hopkinton” Project Before it’s Too Late!

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“Dear Hopkinton” is a town-wide photo project to celebrate Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary. Modeled after the “Dear World” project created by Robert Fogarty “Dear Hopkinton” allows residents to share their special message about Hopkinton through a photograph. Residents may participate individually or as a group by writing personal notes to Hopkinton. These messages can be a personal statement, messages for our future generations, or something you love about our great town. The messages are written in black (erasable) marker on the subject’s arms and then creatively posed for the photo.

Hopkinton through Poetry: Celebrating 300 Years – Book Launch & Poetry Reading

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As part of the Hopkinton 300th anniversary celebration, Hopkinton residents Cheryl Perreault and Cynthia Franca are inviting the community to come and join the celebration of the newly published “Hopkinton Through Poetry: Celebrating 300 Years” Anthology of 36 local poets and writers sharing poems that state what they love about the town of Hopkinton.

Eighth Annual Haunted Trail Walk Fundraiser

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The Woodville Trailbusters 4H Club are hosting their annual Haunted Trail Walk Fundraiser on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 from 5:30-8:30 PM at 25 Winter Street in Hopkinton. The cost is $3 per child and $5 per adult. There will be popcorn, candied apples and cider. Admission includes a guided trail walk with dragons, pirates, pumpkins, a mad scientist, prisoners, spiders, minions and much more, a hay ride and games.

No drop-offs, please. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Woodville 4H Clubs Update

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The Woodville Trailbusters 4H Horse Club and Woodville Crafty Cats 4H Club finished up their summer by attending the three day fair in Westford. The members rode their horses in a three day show and had many entries in the static building: arts, crafts, needlepoint, photography, baking, canning, gardening, creative writing and many more categories.

@HopkintnWX Weather Update

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Beautiful 3 day weekend on tap! National Weather Service Frost Advisory in effect for Middlesex County, Sunday 2AM to 8AM

Unibank Donates $5000 to Hopkinton Middle School Courtyard Project

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WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently announced that a $5,000 donation has been made to the Hopkinton Middle School to support the “Sky’s the Limit Courtyard Project”: a grassroots community fundraising effort to transform the Hopkinton Middle School’s courtyard.

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Video: Milford Pee-Wee Football team is getting National Attention

The Milford Mighty Mites Pee-Wee football team is getting national attention over the below video. The video has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Espn, National News Networks and just about every Boston news and sports outlet. During a play there was a little whip with a little nay-nay. The video has nearly 1 million hits on You Tube.


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