Deadline for Solarize Hopkinton Program Extended to October 31

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Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today announced that the deadline of the Solarize Massachusetts Program (Solarize Mass) has been extended to Oct. 31, citing high demand for the solar bulk purchasing program.

Hopkinton Police Department to Participate in National Take-Back Day V on September 29

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On Saturday September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Hopkinton Police Headquarters at 74 Main Street Hopkinton, MA. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Dykema and Peisch Press for More Accountability in Commuter Rail Contract

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Representatives Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) and Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley) announced on September 20 that they, along with other legislators from the MetroWest area, sent a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation pushing for more accountability and requirements in the upcoming new contract for the management of the commuter rail.

Applications for Community Preservation Act Funding Now Being Accepted

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

Applications for Community Preservation Act funding for Fiscal Year 2014 are now being accepted by the Hopkinton Community Preservation Committee (CPC). Project proposals must be received by Friday, October 26, 2012 and can be delivered or mailed to Elizabeth Aghababian, CPC Administrative Assistant; Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748; or emailed to [email protected]. Public hearings on project proposals will be held on Thursday, October 18 and Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00PM in Room 215 at Town Hall.

Are You an Active Voter? Make Sure Before November 6th!

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

According to Town Clerk Ann Click, lists of active and inactive voters are now available at the Woodville Post Office, the Main Post Office in the center of town, the Library and the Faith Community Church. Inactive voters should contact the Town Clerk to avoid voting delays at the November 6th General Election.

And remember, the last day to register to vote or to change party enrollment for the State General Election is Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

The State General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

State Health Officials Announce Sixth Human Case of EEE and Sixteenth Human Case of WNV in Massachusetts

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the sixth human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Massachusetts resident. The patient, an Amesbury woman in her 60s, is currently hospitalized.

Based on this finding, the EEE threat level has been raised to "Critical" in Amesbury, Haverhill, and Merrimac, and to "High" in Newburyport and Salisbury. Communities which have been designated at "Critical" or "High" risk of EEE are urged to cancel all planned evening outdoor events for the remainder of the season until the first hard frost.

Crime Alert: Recent Breaking & Enterings in Hopkinton

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In the past two days the Hopkinton Police Department is investigating reports of four (4) homes having been broken into and having items stolen. All of these incidents appear to have occurred during daytime hours. None of the residences were occupied at the time of the incidents. The items being stolen are cash and jewelry. Entry to the homes has been through either open windows or doors. Many other towns have been experiencing similar incidents. Detectives from these agencies are working together to solve these crimes and apprehend the persons responsible.

Town Manager Announces New HR Director

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It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Debbie Hilton-Creek has accepted the position
of Human Resources Director and will begin her work for the Town of Hopkinton on Monday,
September 24, 2012. She will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to staff and
boards on all functional areas of human resources management.

The Town was fortunate to have many highly qualified candidates apply for the position.
Debbie’s experience, knowledge, work ethic and personality put her at the top of a highly
competitive field.

Sustainable Green Committee Proposes Solar Panels for Fruit Street

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

At the September 18, 2012 meeting of the Board fo Selectmen, the Sustainable Green Committee presented their proposal for a solar farm located on the town-owned Fruit Street property. Watch the excerpt from the meeting to learn more about the proposal and to hear what the board members had to say.