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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to recognize graduates of 41st Basic Training Academy

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Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian will welcome new Corrections Officers during a ceremony marking the graduation of the MSO’s 41st Basic Training Academy (BTA) on Friday, December 8, at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
 
In order to graduate, recruits were required to complete 12 weeks of classroom, physical and on the job training at both the MSO Training Academy and the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.
 
Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor will provide the keynote address.
 

Video: Planning Board Receives Update on Downtown Corridor Project

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At the Planning Board Meeting on Monday November 27th, the Board received an update on the downtown corridor project proposal. John Bechard of VHB gave the update on the Corridor project which is meant to ease traffic downtown while making it more safe for drivers, pedestrians and bikers. A good amount of discussion was about the proposed bike lanes that will be implemented downtown. View highlights of the discussion and full meeting below.

Planning Board discusses proposed bike lanes in downtown corridor project:

Video: Planning Board Discusses 147 Lumber Street Plan

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At this past weeks planning board meeting in addition to a public hering regarding whisper ridge and 143 spring street, they also continued the public hearing about 147 lumber street. The site developers presented changes to the proposed plan that were made since last meeting.

View the changes to the proposed 147 Lumber Street plan in the video below.

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Senate Votes to Expand Contraceptive Mandate

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BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate voted to enact H.4009, An Act advancing contraceptive coverage and economic security in our state, better known as the ACCESS Bill. In October, the bill was restructured with a compromise between legislators, the Coalition for Choice, and a group of Massachusetts insurance carriers – who now vocally support the legislation.

Public Notice: Possible Water Discoloration due to Hydrant re-location

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Please be advised that due to a fire hydrant re-location by the contractors installing drainage and sidewalks on East Main St., you may notice some discoloration due to the operation of shutoff valves. The work should be done by early afternoon. If you do experience any discoloration, let your cold water faucet run later this afternoon to help clear your lines.

-Eric Carty
Water & Sewer Manager

Video: Hopkinton Veterans Day Ceremony 2017

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American Legion Post 202 hosted the annual Hopkinton Veterans Day Ceremony at the Hopkinton Senior Center. Tess Papagni was the Master of Ceremonies and speakers included: Liz Walk on behalf of Representative, Carolyn Dykema, Father Cannon of St. Johns Parish and Post 202 Adjutant, Michael Whalen. View some scenes from the Veterans Day Services below.

Sheriff Koutoujian, Chief Ryan to participate in forum on opioid crisis

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Event to be hosted by The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy

NEWTON, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan will participate in a pair of panel discussions on the opioid crisis on Wednesday, November 15.

Sheriff Koutoujian and Chief Ryan will join healthcare and fellow public safety officials to discuss “Creative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis” at a forum hosted by Boston College Law School’s Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

State Humane Director Hosts "Paws and Policy: Turning Compassion into Action 11/19/17

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We are excited to announce the second installment of our free animal welfare lecture series: "Paws and Policy: Turning Compassion into Action," led by the Massachusetts State Director of the Humane Society of the US. Please join us from 10:00AM-noon on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts to learn how you can turn your compassion for animals into effective action!

Senate Passes Sweeping Healthcare Reform and Cost Containment Bill

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BOSTON- Last night the Massachusetts Senate passed sweeping healthcare reform legislation S.2022, An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care. The HEALTH act, passed by a vote of 33-6, focuses on both short and long terms goals on how to fix our healthcare system to lower costs, improve outcomes, and maintain access.

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Ongoing Telephone Scams

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MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is today warning residents of ongoing telephone scams in which perpetrators are posing as MSO employees.

The warning is being issued in response to recent incidents in which local residents reported calls from individuals falsely claiming to work for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. In multiple calls, scammers alleged those receiving them had missed jury duty and were subject to arrest unless they immediately paid a fine using gift cards.

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