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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.

A Good Prescription

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From left: Frederick Buckley Jr., M.D.; Barry Braun, Ph.D.; Stuart Chipkin, M.D. this month on Physician Focus.

If you could do something to make yourself feel better, lift your mood, and reduce your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, would you do it? It’s a yes or no question, but don’t be too quick to answer, because too many of us don’t do it.

It’s exercise.

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

All Things Senior Center: Pet Nutrition

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Not sure if you’re feeding your pet the right food? If you’re like me, you can be crazed with the choices available out there and believe me, there are a LOT of different brands.

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.

Planning for Retirement?

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Are you getting ready to retire and not sure what you need to know before you take the big step? The Hopkinton Senior Center is ready to help you answer all your questions with some very important seminars on Saturday, October 20, from 9am to 12 pm. These seminars are perfect for all you Baby Boomers as well as working seniors. With the many services available that morning, you’ll be able to obtain the answers you need to get all your affairs in order.

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.

Physician Focus: Here’s our 100th

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From left, Bruce Karlin, M.D.; Julie Ingelfinger, M.D.; Jeffrey Drazen, M.D.

The collaboration of the Massachusetts Medical Society and HCAM-TV has been a fruitful one for nine years, producing programs that inform citizens of all ages about important health care topics. In August, we taped our 100th program, and MMS and HCAM-TV proudly release it now as our October episode.

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