Income Tax Deduction for Organ Donation

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Today, the Senate adopted Senator Karen Spilka’s (D-Ashland) amendment ‘Gift of Life’ to the Senate budget, which creates an income tax deduction for citizens of Massachusetts who donate an organ, while living, to another human being.

‘Gift of Life’ will allow living organ donors a state income tax deduction of up to $10,000 in related expenses that include travel expenses, lodging expenses, and lost wages that are incurred by the donor and related to his or her organ donation that are not reimbursed in any way.

McGovern on Afghanistan

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Earlier today, over 200 of my colleages stood with me in voting for the McGovern-Jones amendment, sending the strongest bipartisan message yet that it is time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.

The reasons for our landmark effort are simple: We have no clear mission; the Afghanistani government is corrupt; and we continue to borrow and spend billions of dollars to pay for the longest war in our nation's history. For what?

I believe we need to re-think what we're doing in Afghanistan.

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Preview of Selectmen's Agenda

The Board of Selectmen is meeting next Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30. Listen as Town Manager Norman Khumalo gives you a "sneak peek" at the topics that will be covered at Tuesday's meeting. New liaisons will be decided, the ADA Committee will be there with an update and Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Carolyn Dykema will be attending. Come see your local town government in action!

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

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The Water Department has completed the annual drinking water quality report. This consumer confidence report is a requirement of the EPA and will be distributed by July 1st for the previous calendar year reporting period. The State of Massachusetts has waived the mailing requirement for systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people. The report will be inserted in the Hopkinton Independent. In addition, copies are available on the Water Department web page and at the Water Department office, 85 Wood Street from 7:00am to 3:30pm.

Planning Board Meets Monday 5/23

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Newly elected members, Brian Karp and Christian Ollenborger, and returning member Claire Wright will be joining the Planning Board for its first post election meeting on Monday, May 23. First on the agenda is the reorganization of the board Also slated for discussion are subdivision plans for Bridle Path and Aprilla Farm and town counsel's opinion on Maillet Woods/Hopkinton Highlands III. The meeting starts at 7:30PM in Room 211 at Town Hall. The complete agenda is attached below.

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Recap of Election Results Live

One thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine (1739) voters made it to the polls on Monday, May 16th, representing about 18% of Hopkinton's registered voters. In the two contested races, Brian Herr was elected to the Board of Selectmen and Nancy Burdick and Scott Aghababian will be serving on the School Committee.

HCAM News was broadcasting live on Monday night and had the opportunity to talk with some of the candidates and other residents waiting for results. Although turnout for this year's election was low, former selectman Eric Sonnett said he was not surprised.

Cestari and Palleiko Voted Chairman and Vice Chair

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As their first order of business tonight, following Monday night's election, the Board of Selectmen voted to reorganize as they begin yet another year of service. Acting as Vice Chair, Selectman Todd Cestari asked for nominations for chairman. John Mosher nominated Cestari and the motion was seconded by Ben Palleiko. The board voted unanimously to elect Cestari as chairman. Newly elected Brian Herr made his first motion of the night when he nominated Ben Palleiko as Vice Chair. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Herr Elected to Board of Selectmen

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The results are in for the two contested races in Hokinton's annual Town Election. Brian Herr will be joining the Board of Selectmen at their meeting tomorrow night as Hopkinton's newly elected selectman. Herr had a total of 1139 votes and D'Urso had 548 votes.

In the race for the two seats on the School Committee, Nancy Burdick and Scott Aghababian came out on top, with 1125 votes and 1060 votes respectively.

Dykema to Hold Office Hours in June

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Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding office hours throughout the 8th Middlesex District.

Any resident who would like to speak with Representative Dykema and is unable to attend office hours should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or email her aide at [email protected] to set up a personal appointment.

Friday, June 17th, 8:00 – 9:00am
Golden Spoon
85 W Main St
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Friday, June 17th , 9:30 – 10:30am
770 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746

Friday June 3rd, 9:30 – 10:30am

LIVE NOW: HCAM Election Results Coverage

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HCAM is providing live election coverage on Monday, May 16th starting at 8PM after the polls close. We are broadcasting live from the Middle School Auditorium, so stay tuned to Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 30 and get the results as soon as they are available. Not near a TV or out of town, but have your laptop nearby? Don't worry, we're streaming as well on

New this year, Town Clerk Ann Click will swear in newly elected candidates in the Middle School Auditorium on election night.


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