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Why You Should Give Blood: "Mary's Story"

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From Hopkinton resident Jackie Potenzone:

I read an article in the news on the critical shortage of blood at this time and the need for donations. I want to tell you why I donated blood after reading the story, and why I'm now a blood donor.

Cancer Care Items Needed for MLK Day of Giving Back

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In preparation for the Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Grace United Methodist Church will be collecting items for 100 Cancer Care packages at their shared facilities at 61 Wood Street in Hopkinton. Collection hours are Tuesdays – Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, now through Thursday, January 17th.

From the Water Department: Please Clean Up Pet Waste

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The town municipal well fields offer a number of great walking trails at Fruit Street and Charles McIntyre Lane, off Lake Whitewall. However we have noticed an increase in the amount of pet waste that is being left behind in the direct recharge area of the wells. This waste poses a potential risk of contamination of the water supply. We ask that anyone who is walking their dog in the vicinity of the wells, to please pick up after their pet to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply.

We thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

You Can Help the Pirates Lacrosse Team Raise Money for Cancer Research

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The Pirates Lacrosse Club, Hopkinton's premier youth lacrosse team, will be gathering together on October 28 to shave their heads in support of one goal: cancer research. Funds raised will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in honor of an extended Hopkinton member of the Pirate family who has been bravely fighting cancer.

October 28, 2012 @ 5:00PM
Chris' Barber Shop in Ashland
41 Front Street, Ashland, 508-881-6262

If you would like to donate online, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/pirates

Ban on Evening Outside Activities Lifted; EEE and WV No Longer a Threat

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According to a notice posted today from the Hopkinton Board of Health, the ban on all organized eveneing outdoor events or activities is no longer necessary and has been lifted effective October 16, 2012. The Board of HealthI was notified by the Department of Public Health that, according to the National Weather Service, all areas of Massachusetts except for Suffolk County and the Cape and Islands experienced a hard frost/hard freeze on Friday night October 12, 2012. As such the risk from mosquito-borne illness in Town has been almost eliminated.

Hopkinton Board of Health Seasonal Flu Clinic

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The Hopkinton Board of Health Seasonal Flu Clinic through Century Health Systems will take place on Thursday October 18, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Center which is located at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA. This will be the only clinic the Board of Health holds this season. The Clinic is for Hopkinton Residents 19 years of age or older.

High Risk Levels Continue in Hopkinton For Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus

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Since the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on September 7, 2012 that the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) human case, which resulted in the death of a Middlesex County resident an additional 4 human cases of EEE and 19 cases of West Nile Virus have occurred in the State. The individual who died had been exposed in Westborough and that resulted in the Town of Hopkinton being raised to HIGH RISK for Mosquito Borne illness.

National Depression Screening Day October 11

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Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs October 8-12 with National Depression Screening Day on October 11 at the Hopkinton Public Library. This event is sponsored by Hopkinton Youth Services and Mass 211.

Hopkinton Suspends Outdoor Evening Events due to Threat of EEE

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In the most recent update from the Board of Health, the Town of Hopkinton, after discussions with Police, Fire, School and Parks and Recreation, announced that until further notice all organized evening outdoor events or activities on public properties are canceled from the period of 1/2 hour before sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise.

To see the full notice from the Board of Health, please see the attachment below.

Senator Spilka Hosting 2012 Senior Health and Wellness Fair

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All MetroWest seniors are welcome to join Senator Karen Spilka at her seventh annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair this Saturday, September 29th at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham.

This event provides a forum for local seniors to learn more about ways they can continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and gives them the opportunity to engage in lively discussions about the programs and issues important to their everyday lives.

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