Senate to Take Up Spilka's Legislation to Reform CHINS System

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This Thursday, the Senate will consider a bill filed by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), which aims to transform the Children In Need of Services system. The proposed legislation, An Act Regarding Families and Children Engaged in Services (FACES), was filed earlier this year following the launch of the Families and Children Engaged in Services Coalition Campaign, a group of legislators, advocates, organizations, children, and families from across the Commonwealth working together to transform the way our state assists children and families in their times of need.

Senior Center Van Application Approved

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I am pleased to announce that the town has been informed by Ed Carr of Metro West Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) that its application to the DOT’s Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) for a new van for the Hopkinton Senior Center was approved. The van, a 12 seat unit that can accommodate two wheelchairs, will be ready for pick up on July 22nd.

The MWRTA is scheduling a joint event on July 22nd to unveil the new van for our community.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Set

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DATE: Sat. July 23, 2011
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: DPW Garage, 83 Wood Street
WHO: Hopkinton Residents

o The town will accept household hazardous products no longer needed.
o The items will preferably be in original, sealed containers.
o Limit 25 pounds per household.
o Limit one trip per household.
o Proof of residency required (Driver’s License)
o Stay in your vehicle when you arrive at the garage.

Senator Karen Spilka Announces Office Hours.

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Senator Karen Spilka Announces July 25th Medway, Hopkinton, and Natick Office Hours. Join Senator Spilka and Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka’s District and Constituent Services Director, for coffee and conversation. They will update constituents on the latest news and events, and answer any questions constituents may have.

July 25, 2011 Hours:

Medway Office Hours, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Medway Town Hall (Sanford Hall): 155 Village Street in Medway)

Hopkinton Office Hours, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Hopkinton Public Library: 13 Main Street in Hopkinton)

Bullying Commission Recommends Annual Reporting Mechanism to Improve Bullying Prevention Efforts in the Commonwealth

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Annual reporting data should be compiled and submitted by schools in order to improve bullying prevention efforts in the Commonwealth, according to a report from a Commission convened in the wake of the passage of the state’s anti-bullying law last year.

Heidi Kriger No Longer Employed by Town of Hopkinton

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Heidi Kriger is no longer the Finance Director for the Town of Hopkinton effective Thursday, June 30, 2011.

On behalf of the Town, I wish to thank Heidi for her twelve years of service, first as Town Accountant and then as Finance Director. She has made a major contribution to Hopkinton and played a key role in the oversight and management of the Town’s financial affairs over many years. It has been a great pleasure working with her as a member of the Senior Management Team at Town Hall. I wish her success in all her future endeavors.

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From the Desk of Chief Flannery

Chief of Police Rick Flannery stopped by the HCAM studios to remind everyone of the dangers of using fireworks. Watch the video below to see his message and to learn more about staying safe this holiday weekend.

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Hopkinton's Conservation Administrator

HCAM intern Lindsey Tonelli met with conservation administrator Donald MacAdam at Town Hall to learn more about his job and projects that he is currently working on. MacAdam is a town employee who works with the Conservation Commission, a seven member volunteer board appointed by the Board of Selectmen, which promotes and protects Hopkinton's natural resources. To find out more watch the video below.

Rep.Dykema Hosts Hopkinton Scouts at State House

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Representative Carolyn C. Dykema was pleased to host Girl Scout Troop 2227 from Hopkinton last week on Thursday June 23rd.

“One of the joys of being a legislator is seeing our young people’s enthusiasm for government and their desire to make a difference in our communities.” said Dykema. “I had a wonderful time speaking with such interested and engaged students.”

During their visit, the scouts were recognized in the chamber and held a mock session with Rep. Dykema to debate and vote on a pending bill. Members of Troop 2227 attending and shown in the attached photo are:

Water Department Testing on Tuesday

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Please be advised that a required fire flow test will take place on West Main Street by the South Street intersection, Tuesday, June 28th, at approximately 10AM and should last approximately 20 minutes. Due to the scouring of the minerals on the inside of the pipe, you may notice some discoloration during and after the test. Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate.


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