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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.

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.

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.

Hopkinton Mom Needs a Kidney

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Letter in support of Maria Flannery:

Many of you know 16 year old Alex Flannery who lives here in Hopkinton. Most of you also know 13 year old Morgan Flannery and have seen her
dribbling down the soccer field or have seen her bright smile walking down the halls of the Middle School. You probably even know dad Bill Flannery
from coaching many of our up and coming soccer stars, maybe even your children, over the years with HYS. Through HPTA events and soccer
sidelines, you probably know mom Maria Flannery too.

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CrossFit Resilience Opens on South Street

CrossFit Resilience, a new gym located at 25 South Street in Hopkinton, officially opened at the beginning of September. HCAM News visited the new facility to talk with owner Drew Carnase and his staff and to see a class in action. Watch the HCAM News video below to learn more about CrossFit and its unique approach to getting in shape.

Update from Board of Health: Mosquito-Borne Illness High Risk

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From Ed Wirtanen, Hopkinton Board of Health: The Department of Public Health announced late Friday additional cases of WNV and EEE in Massachusetts. They also did an additional review of the EEE human case that resulted in the death of a Middlesex County resident and indicated the individual was likely exposed in Westborough. As such the Towns of Hopkinton, Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough and Upton have been raised to HIGH Risk and human cases in these communities are considered likely at this time.

Lesley Reilly, Owner of bCalm Power Yoga, Achieves her RYT 500 Certification

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Lesley Reilly recently achieved her RYT 500 certification, a milestone in the Yoga Alliance RYT program. With the 500 hour certification, Lesley’s already strong Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) 200 qualification and commitment to teaching is further enhanced.

From Senator Spilka: EEE Precautions

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Yesterday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that a second human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed.

EEE is spread to humans through a bite from an infected mosquito and is a serious and potentially fatal disease in patients of all ages.

Athletes and Concussions

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Left to right: Bruce Karlin, M.D., Lauren Smith, M.D., Alan Ashare, M.D.  on Physician Focus during September.

The injury somehow earned its own vocabulary: It was a “ding” or “getting your bell rung,” and it used to be “graded” according its suspected severity. But a concussion is actually a traumatic brain injury, and that brings on a whole new meaning.

“A concussion is a malfunction of the brain caused by a jolt to the head or body,” says Alan Ashare, M.D., a physician at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Boston and Chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine.

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Training A Therapy Dog

From the outside, Gabe looks like an average dog. He knows commands such as sit, lie down, and stay, and likes to play with his toys. But the 1½ year old lab-shepherd mix is in the process of preparing to do something special. Owner, and Milford resident Debbie Slutz, is currently training Gabe to become a therapy dog. Unlike a guide dog, which helps assist those with visual impairments, a therapy dog helps to provide comfort and joy to people in places such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Slutz, who recently graduated from the University of Denver with her masters in social work and a certificate in animal-assisted social work, hopes to be able to use Gabe in future jobs because of the unique benefits he provides.

Slutz got Gabe this past June from Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton. Initially interested in another dog, as soon as Slutz met Gabe, however, she had a feeling he'd be a great match.

One of the most important aspects of therapy dogs are their temperament since they need to be accustomed to meeting different people and being in different types of environments. So before deciding on Gabe, Slutz had both her older and younger brother interact with him. And Gabe passed that test with flying colors. Currently, Slutz is working on teaching Gabe basic commands such a heel. He is also learning important skills necessary for a therapy dog to have such as sitting in front of an open door and not eating food off the floor.

Gabe is also working on appropriate ways to interact with people, which Slutz says sometimes gets kind of tricky to enforce when meeting strangers who are often eager to pet him.

Slutz plans on using the Pet Partners program, formerly known as the Delta Society, to test Gabe. In order to be certified as a therapy dog, Gabe will need to demonstrate proficiency in the skills he has been busy learning.

Gabe will qualify to take the test in December. And Slutz says that even if he doesn't pass, she knows all the hard training will still be beneficial.

To see Slutz and Gabe in action and to learn more, watch the HCAM News video below.

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