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Trash Pickup is OFF for February 5, 2016

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Trash and recyclables collection is suspended by EL Harvey for the rest of today, Friday, February 5th. EL Harvey will collect the remainder of Friday's trash and recyclables on Saturday, February 6th in addition to the normal Saturday collection.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works

Senate Passes Public Records Reform Bill

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BOSTON, MA – Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed legislation reforming how the state handles public records. The legislation, originally sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, is the first update to the public records law since the early 1970s.

Hopkinton Selectmen Change Operation Hours for Bars

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At Tuesdays Selectmen meeting, the Board approved a change in the operation hours for bars. The new proposed standard hours are, Sun-Thu 11am to 11pm and Fri & Sat 11am to Midnight. The hours could be altered outside of the proposed times based on the Board of Selectmen discretion. The policy also includes prohibited alcohol sales during; "Memorial Day and Christmas Day or the day following, when Christmas Day is a Sunday, unless the Town adopts; "M.G.L. c.138, §33B, which allows sale of alcohol between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m."

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Video: Governor Charlie Baker endorses Ed McGrath and Janet Leombruno for Republican State Committee

Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker was recently in Hopkinton to endorse Republican State Committee Candidates Ed McGrath and Janet Leombruno for reelection. McGrath and Leombruno represent the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district which includes Framingham, Ashland, Natick, Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway & Franklin. McGrath and Leombruno will be on the Republic presidential party ballot March 1st. The event was hosted at the residence of Hopkinton Selectmen, Brian Herr and was packed with residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns.

"Ed McGrath serves as Chair of the Framingham Republican Town Committee and has worked to build the grassroots of the Republican Party. He has recruited and helped numerous Republican candidates, including Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito. During the most recent election, he was responsible for managing the Republican Field Office in Framingham, where he supported the efforts of several Republican candidates running for office in MetroWest. He also served the members of the Massachusetts Republican Party as the Party’s pro bono General Counsel."

"Janet Leombruno serves as the Vice-chair of its Republican Town Committee. An elected member of Framingham Town Meeting she is involved in numerous activities to get more people involved in government. Leombruno serves as Vice-Chair of Framingham First. She has been involved in countless political campaigns both locally and statewide. For example, she was a member of the Baker/Polito team acting as Special Assistant to Lt. Governor candidate Karyn Polito in 2014 and in 2010 for Mary Z. Connaughton for State Auditor."

Check out an interview with the Republican State Committee Candidates below.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Editorial: Supporting Marty Lamb for Republican State Committee

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Dear Editor,

We are writing in support of Marty Lamb for Republican State Committee. Marty is a true leader with pure motives.

As one of the chairmen of the successful effort to repeal automatic gas tax hikes, Marty built a grassroots team of over 1000 volunteers. The effort to stop the worst tax increase in history of our state helped GOP candidates and helped carry Charlie Baker into office!

Moreover, Marty Lamb saved us all money at the pump.

Senate Passes Pay Equity Legislation

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BOSTON, MA –The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation today to strengthen the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act to further close the wage gap between male and female workers in the Commonwealth. The bill, S2107, sponsored by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), seeks to bridge the wage gap by ensuring equal pay for comparable work, establishing pay transparency and requiring fairness in hiring practices.

Former MA Federation of Republican Women President Endorses Lamb

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Holliston, MA ...Today Marty Lamb, candidate for Republican State Committee, announced that he has won the endorsement of Celeste Wilson, who was the President of the Massachusetts Federation of Republican Women (MFRW) for 8 years before their charter was forced to be removed by the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW).

"I am proud to endorse Marty Lamb for State Committee. He truly cares about the party and will make a great State Committeeman," said Wilson. "Marty did an outstanding job repealing automatic gas tax hikes. His efforts helped the entire GOP ticket."

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Video: Hopkinton Signs Community Compact Agreement

Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito met with Hopkinton town officials to finalize a "Community Compact Agreement" with the town. The agreement was put in place by the Baker-Polito administration and more than half of the communities in the state applied to become a compact community.

The compact agreement will help the town accomplish a number of various goals, such as promoting local agriculture and preparing a master plan for a recently acquired 32 acre plot of land at Pratt Farm. The agreement will also allow the town to apply for various state grants.

To see more, check out the videos below.

Hopkinton Personnel Committee Announcement

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The Board of Selectmen voted at its January 19, 2016 meeting to accept the resignation of Robert Levenson of the Personnel Committee and is currently seeking candidates for this position.

Interested parties should apply by Friday, February 12, 2016.

Lt. Governor Polito Signs Community Compact Agreement with Hopkinton

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HOPKINTON – Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito signed a Community Compact agreement with Hopkinton Board of Selectmen Chair Benjamin Palleiko.

“We are excited to announce this new partnership between the Commonwealth and the Town of Hopkinton,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We look forward to working with local officials, especially to realize their goal of promoting local agriculture and economic development.”

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