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Congressman Jim McGovern to Hold Office Hours

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"During my time in Congress, I have held hundreds of office hours in every city and town in our congressional district," said McGovern in a mailing to residents. "These one-on-one meetings give me a wonderful opportunity to listen to your concerns and to help you get the service you deserve from the federal government."

McGovern will be at Bill's Pizza in Hopkinton on Saturday, June 11 from 4:00 pm - 5:00pm.

Office hours for surrounding towns are as follows:

    Southborough, Mauro's Village Cafe, 2 Main Street, Southborough, MA 8:00am - 9:00am

Unopened Absentee Ballot May Break Library Trustee Tie Vote

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At the May 16, 2011, Annual Town Election, voters were asked to fill all five seats on the new Board of Library Trustees. In order to stagger the terms of board members, candidates were to be elected to varying terms of office, with the top two candidates receiving three-year seats, the next two candidates receiving two-year seats, and the fifth candidate receiving a one-year seat.

The results of the election showed a tie vote:

    Marie Eldridge 1108
    Leda Arakelian 1013
    June Harris 1013
    Michael J. McNamara 937
    John Belger 136
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Hopkinton Police Department 4th Annual Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 25 the Hopkinton Police Department held its 4th Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding acts performed in the line of duty. In addition to recognizing Chief Rick Flannery for 30 years of service, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Officer Gregg DeBoer and the Life Saving Award was also presented to DeBoer and Office Patrick O'Brien.

The complete list of awards are listed below:

10 years of Service
Officer Linda Higgins
Officer Matthew McNeil
Officer Aaron O'Neil

15 years of Service

Press Release from Town Clerk's Office

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At the May 16, 2011, Annual Town Election, voters were asked to fill all five seats on the new Board of Library Trustees. In order to stagger the terms of board members, candidates were to be elected to varying terms of office, with the top two candidates receiving three-year seats, the next two candidates receiving two-year seats, and the fifth candidate receiving a one-year seat.

The results of the election were as follows:
Marie Eldridge 1108
Leda Arakelian 1013
June Harris 1013
Michael J. McNamara 937
John Belger 136
Stanley Pulnik 25

Assistant Town Clerk Resigns

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Assistant Town Clerk Deborah Holbrook announced her resignation today in a letter addressed to the Town Clerk, Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen.

To the Town Clerk, Town Manager, and Board of Selectmen,

I hereby resign as Assistant Town Clerk, due to the Clerk’s refusal to honor the will of the voters expressed in the Annual Town Election.

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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