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Party to Celebrate Maureen Dwinnell in the Works.

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How do you begin to thank a person who has given selfless and dedicated service to her community? For starters you have a party. And that is just what colleagues, family and friends are planning for Maureen Dwinnell who will retire, at the end of the year, after 26 years, 8 months, and 8 days as the Treasurer/Collector for Hopkinton. In addition to her work as Treasurer/Collector, Maureen also served as Selectman for 6 years and as the Chairman for 5 of those years.
 

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Video: Hopkinton Police promote 2 Sergeants to Lieutenant

Sergeants Joseph Bennett and John Porter of the Hopkinton Police Department were promoted to Lieutenant. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the promotion after Chief Edward Lee listed off the long list of accomplishments both have achieved throughout their illustrious careers. In the first video below, view the entire promotions discussion and vote, in the 2nd video, view a brief recap. The promotion followed a tribute to Lieutenant Charles Wallace who will be officially retired at the end of the year.

Joseph Bennett has worked with the Hopkinton Police Department since 1993 after serving with Southborough and Sutton. He has been a Sergeant for 16 years and currently is the core prosecutor in-charge of detectives, communications and the school resource officer. He also serves as the public information officer and has helped raise over 1 million dollars in grants for Police Department needs. Some of Lt. Bennett's many accomplishments include receiving recognition from the House of Representatives for work on the tri-country drug task force and disarming a man trying to attack with a knife and preventing any serious injury.

John Porter joined the Hopkinton Police Department in 1992 after serving in Upton. He has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective and Sergeant at the Hopkinton Police Department. Lt. Porter also served as the first school resource officer and helped build a strong relationship with the school system. Lt. Porter was also a key detective during the Neil Entwistle murder. A few of John Porter's many accomplishments consist of winning a medal of valor for disarming an armed suicidal man who lit his home on fire and attacked responding officers with a knife.

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Video: Hopkinton Drug Hosts Annual Open House

In the first video: Hopkinton Drug hosted their annual Holiday open house, the event featured treats such as popcorn and homemade cookies, face painting for the kids, a raffle with proceeds going to Project Just Because and various holiday activities throughout the weekend.The New Sound Assembly Chorus who is part of the Barbershop Harmony society and performs all over the state spread some holiday joy with a few Christmas tunes and last but not least children got the chance to meet Chris Kringle himself as Santa Claus was in attendance.

In the second video: The New Sound Assembly Chorus performs "White Christmas"

Holliston's 3rd Annual First Night Trail Walk

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The Friends of the Holliston Trails are hosting their 3rd annual First Night Trail Walk on Thursday, December 31 from 5:00-8:00 PM. The walk is a fun family event for all ages. Come chat with your neighbors as you walk along the Holliston Rail Trail and make your way towards Phipps Tunnel. Start at either Blair Square (a one mile walk) or Cross Street (a .25 mile walk). There will be hot chocolate and cider, fire pits and s'mores, hot dogs, music, and more!

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Girl Scout Troop 65040 raising funds for Serenity House

As part of our Bronze Award project to get kids excited about reading, Troop 65040 is raising funds to purchase books and other items needed at Serenity House. Please stop by our table on the common December 5th during the tree lighting at 4:00. Enjoy some treats while helping out a good cause! And Save the Date for our Edible Book Festival coming up on April Fool’s Day!

Girl Scout Troop 65040 raising funds for Serenity House

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As part of our Bronze Award project to get kids excited about reading, Troop 65040 is raising funds to purchase books and other items needed at Serenity House. Please stop by our table on the common December 5th during the tree lighting at 4:00. Enjoy some treats while helping out a good cause! And Save the Date for our Edible Book Festival coming up on April Fool’s Day!

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Holiday Piano Music on Senior View

Are you ready for the holiday season? On the December episode of Senior View, Claire Shapiro plays favorite holiday tunes on the piano!

St. John the Evangelist inaugurated its 150th year as a parish

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St. John the Evangelist inaugurated its 150th year as a parish at each of its four Masses last weekend, November 28-29, with the sonorous peal of its church bell, rung for the first time in decades. The bell originally hung in the tower of St. Malachi, Hopkinton's first Catholic church, that once stood on Cedar Street roughly across from the present post office. Built in 1851, St. Malachi received its first resident pastor, Father Barry, fifteen years later, with its designation in 1866 as a parish. That makes the bell over 150 years old.

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Video: Top of the Hill Induction Ceremony 2015

The first Top of the Hill Ceremony was held. The program was created to honor outstanding alumni from Hopkinton High School. The event was hosted by Hopkinton High School, The Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association, the Hopkinton Education Foundation, and the Hopkinton 300th anniversary committee.

Honored in the first class of inductees was Paul Phipps class of 1939, Mary Harrington class of 1954, Thomas Mcintye Class of 1972, Denise Millard Class of 1992, Meghan Altidor, Class of 1995 and Sean Terry Class of 2005.

In the first video: View the ceremony in it's entirety,

In the second video: The first set of highlights and post ceremonial interviews

in the third video: More highlights and post ceremonial interviews.

HPTA Holiday Home Tour and Boutique

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The HPTA is proud to host a Holiday House Tour and Boutique on December 5th from 10-4 and December 6 from 12-4. The self-guided tour will feature 6 beautiful, private residences decorated in the holiday spirit. Guests will be welcomed inside the front doors of these gracious homes to visit their charming ground floor rooms.

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