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Mandatory Water Ban Now In Effect

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We are mandated by the town’s water management permit with the State, to limit nonessentialout door use, to protect stream flow, aquatic life and ensure sustainable drinking water. The town is required to implement a MANDATORY State of Water Supply Conservation from May 1st through September 30th each year, pursuant to the town’s water use restriction by-law. Under chapter 199-6 Section F; Lawn sprinklers may be used for lawn watering, two days per week, outside of the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Hopkinton DPW Job Posting

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The Town of Hopkinton seeks 3 Intermittent Laborers for 40 hours per week available to work between approximately May 11th through September 1st to perform the following duties:

- Lawn mowing
- Weed trimming
- Miscellaneous property cleanups
- Other maintenance-type related duties  

Qualifications: 
- Ability to drive a one-ton dump truck with trailer
- Prior experience with landscaping and/or maintenance
- Good interpersonal skills and the ability to follow written and verbal instructions

Walking the Camino de Santiago at the Hopkinton Public Library

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Walk 500 miles across Spain?!

Every year, thousands of modern-day pilgrims walk a centuries-old trail leading to the tomb of St. James in Santiago, Spain. What is the Camino de Santiago, and why are so many drawn to make this arduous journey today? Hear about the history, culture, and legacy of this ancient pilgrimage from peregrina Nancy Nee Hanifin, co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM in the Hopkinton Public Library.

Water & Sewer 2015 Spring Update

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This past winter was truly challenging for all, including the Water and Sewer Department. The unrelenting snow and record breaking cold, had crews working long hours snow plowing, hydrant clearing, and thawing out frozen water lines. The frost was over 4 ½ deep in some areas and proved very difficult to make repairs and thaw water lines. We would like to send out a huge thank you to all those, who again helped keep the fire hydrants clear. Your help was essential in providing fire safety.

Editorial: Supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee

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I am writing to support the reelection of Jean Bertschmann for School Committee. I know Jean ‘in passing.’ I have run into her at every school event, literally every event, over the last ten years and in the last six years have had multiple conversations with her before or after each of the district’s searches for new Principals, Superintendents, and most recently, the hiring of our new Director of Student Services (SpEd Director).

Editorial: Supporting Jon Graziano for School Committee

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My name is Troy Mick and I am writing in support of Jon Graziano’s re-election to the School Committee. I have had the pleasure of working with Jon on several town committees and am impressed with his dedication and leadership he provides on the School Committee.

Hopkinton Green Up Day Saturday May 2nd 9-12 at Town Common

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Sponsored by Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee
Hopkinton Green up Day

It all Starts Here!
Saturday May 2nd, 9‐12noon Town Common
All ages encouraged to participate as we “greenup” and beautify Hopkinton. Additional dumpters will be placed around town.
Trash bags, Gloves will be provided .
Volunteers Needed and beautification donations accepted! For more info visit
www.hopgreen.hopkintonma.gov

Antiques Appraisal Day at Golden Pond

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Golden Pond Assisted Living is hosting a FREE Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM! Antiques Appraisal Day Show event by Peter Yvanovich, SPA.

Peter starts with a 15-20 minute educational piece about antiques, legal and insurance issues, how to find more information about your item, how to dispose or donate it, and other related topics. Following that, guests are invited to have their items valued. Hand-outs are available to take home. Location: Golden Pond, 50 West Main Street, Activities Sun Room, Hopkinton, MA 01748

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Video Segment: Planning Board Member Frank D'Urso and Roy MacDowell of Legacy Farms Debate Article 30

On HCAM's "Point of Order" Planning Board Member Frank D'Urso and Roy MacDowell of Legacy Farms debated Article 30 on the town meeting warrant. If passed Article 30 would allow 200,000 sq feet of commercial space to be replaced with 180 age restricted units on the North Side of Legacy Farms. Several years ago it was voted to allow commercial space in the parcel.

MacDowell in support of article 30 stated some of the benefits of the plan would be a significant increase in net revenue; "the generation of net revenue on a commercial basis on that particular parcel would be $160,000 a year, under our proposal doing age restricted over 55 housing, that parcel with some adjustments in the number of single family homes in the project would bring the net revenue to 1.5 million dollars a year." MacDowell also argued their would be less traffic; "we all know commercial properties generate more traffic than residential." MacDowell expressed that schools would not be affected negatively; "they'll be no school age children attributable to the budget so it won't have an affect on school children, if anything they'll be slightly less school children because we're eliminating 35 single family homes." MacDowell summarized the benefits of Article 30 passing; "when we look at the big picture of less traffic, significantly more revenue and no negative impact on the school systems, I think its a very wise proposal."

Planning Board member Frank D'Urso argued against the plan; "one of the reasons I am against it is because I think the commercial space is a key part of what a lot of people voted for several years ago." D'Urso believes that the original plan is better for the town and safer; "I think the original plan to put office space there is more viable and safer for people." D'Urso's 2 main points were that traffic would be relieved from 135; "Wilson street is going to be a lot more accessible for traffic because the legacy park north road will take a lot of traffic off of 135 and bring it on to Wilson street and Route 85." D'Urso also argued that putting 180 age restricted homes near the gas tanks in the area could be dangerous; "it's more of a concern if you have 180 age restricted homes packed in an area right near the gas tanks." "I would like to retain the original plan from seven years ago and put office space in there... bring more jobs to Hopkinton and increase the commercial tax base and reduce the residential tax base."

For more watch the video below.

Legal Education Seminar: Knowing About and Qualifying for Government Benefits

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Whether you are at home, want to move to assisted living, or are in a nursing home, there are government programs and tax deductions that can help you afford to be there. In this seminar taking place at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Wednesday, May 20 from 6:00-7:00 PM, attorney Arthur Bergeron will be talking about MassHealth, the VA Aid & Attendance benefit, and state and local benefits programs that can help you afford the living arrangement of your choice.

Kindly register by contacting the Senior Center at (508) 497-9730. Light refreshments will be provided.

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