West Nile Virus Found in Nearby Holliston

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that West Nile virus (WNV) was detected in a mosquito collected in Holliston. According to a press release from Ann McCobb, Holliston’s Health Director, crews from the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) sprayed on Wednesday and are planning continued mosquito control efforts.

West nile virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, but by taking precautions, people can help to protect themselves.

Physician Focus: Dealing with Grief

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Naomi Simon, M.D., and John Fromson, M.D., this month on Physician Focus discussing complicated grief

Each of us will experience the loss of a loved one at one time or another, an experience that pushes us into a period of intense grief. Most people, after a time, will adapt successfully to the loss and begin to move forward with their lives. Some, however, find it much harder to accept the loss and develop what is called complicated grief, a severe and persistent grief that occurs for 12 months or more.

Westborough Family Physician Transferring to Hopkinton Practice

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Tri-County Medical Associates is pleased to announce and welcome Family Medicine Physician, Benjamin Lieberman, MD. For the last 12 years, Dr. Lieberman practiced at Westborough Family Medicine. Beginning mid-August, Dr. Lieberman will join Hopkinton Family Practice along with Dr. Cindy Handler. New patients and families are also being welcomed at this time. Appointments can be made by calling 508-435-4414.

Losing the Weight

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For nearly a decade, obesity has challenged tobacco as the single biggest cause of death and disease in the United States. Millions of words have described its prevalence and dangers, and a raft of programs from public and private organizations and governments at all levels have been created to reduce the nation’s collective waistline.

All have had modest results, however, and obesity continues to be epidemic: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today about 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are considered obese.

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Video Highlights: Hopkinton's 2013 Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an event that happens in many communities across the world to raise awareness and to celebrate the lives of those who have battled and/or have lost their fight with cancer. And under sunny skies on June 21st, Hopkinton kicked off their 7th annual relay at the High School. 745 participants consisting of 75 teams attended the all-night event, which raised over $150,000 for The American Cancer Society. For those who participated, each had their own reason for why they relay.

During the event, members of each team take turns walking laps around the track. There are two special laps throughout the course of the event, the luminaria ceremony, a lap of silence dedicated to the memory of those who have passed away from cancer, and the survivors lap, which honors those who have overcome the disease. This year, there were 40 survivors in attendance and the lap was dedicated to the memory of Donna McGuire, an original member of the Hopkinton Relay for Life committee who passed away last August.

For those not walking the track, there were plenty of activities during the night, including live music, a dunk tank, and games around the field. The event takes about a year to organize, with about 15 to 20 student and adult volunteers on the planning committee.

Over the past seven years, Hopkinton Relay for Life has raised over $915,000.

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Highlights: 10th Annual Timlin 5K Road Race

Watch the HCAM News video for highlights of the 10th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road Race to Cure ALS, complete with scenes from the start and finish and a look at the family fun events following the race.

To see the compete list of results, Click Here.

Hopkinton Relay for Life Starts Friday June 21

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Hopkinton's Relay for Life begins on Friday, June 21 at 6:00PM at the Hopkinton Middle School. To date, 75 teams and 724 participants have pledged over $116,000 to help fight cancer.

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Hopkinton Farmer's Market Opens on Town Common on June 16

Hoping to give the residents of Hopkinton and surrounding towns on opportunity to gather and buy locally grown produce in a convenient location, the new Hopkinton Farmer’s Market will open on the Town Common on Sunday June 16th. The move to the Common from its previous location at Weston Nurseries is the result of work spearheaded by Long Life Farm owner Laura Davis who hopes to improve community involvement.

The market will feature four vegetable and fruit farms, including Heirloom Harvest, Kelly’s Farm, The Pumpkin Farm and Long Life Farm, as well as other vendors providing grass fed beef, free range eggs and and bakery products. Also new this year will be Five Loaves Bakery, Narragansett Creamery, Wheatless Bliss, and Zoll Cellars. While the focus of the market is fresh produce, other activities are also planned, including activities for children. Each week the market will also feature a community tent, allowing local organizations yet another venue for community outreach. For opening day, June 16 Starting Line Studio will be in the children’s tent and Baypath Humane Society will be in the community tent.

To round out the market experience, Uxbridge First Night will be on hand each week, featuring delicious prepared food.

The Hopkinton Farmer’s Market will run every Sunday from June 16 through October 20 from 1-5pm and will be followed by the Summer Concert Series on the Common beginning at 5pm when the market ends. The band for the June 16th Concert on the Common will be Help, a Beatles tribute band.

The Hopkinton Market is sponsored by Hopkinton Drug, Home Instead Senior Care, Bartlett Electrical Services, Golden Pond Assisted Living and Razor’s Edge.

Disaster Medicine

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From left: Dr. James Kenealy, Dr. Mary-Elise Manuell, Dr. Paul Biddinger, through June on Physician Focus

The bombings at the Boston Marathon hit close to home for Hopkinton and Boston, the two communities that most identify with this race, and tore at the heart of our state and nation.

But the worst of circumstances can bring out the best in some people, and how the medical community reacted to the bombings has generally been regarded as a model of emergency response. That response provides the basis for discussion in Disaster Medicine, the June edition of Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society.

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Hopkins Walk to School

For the past three years in May, as part of Fitness Month in Massachusetts, Hopkins School Wellness teachers have planned the Walk to School event, which gives both students and teachers a chance to walk around the High School track before the start of school. According to Wellness Teacher Peter Torilli, not only does the program, held on May 14th this year, have physical benefits, but social and academic ones as well.

Watch the HCAM News video for more!


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