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Today's Tip for Parents

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Help Your Teenager Learn Impulse Control

Research shows that the part of the brain that controls impulses is the part that develops last.
That means that during the teen years, parents play a critical role. You have to help your teen plan ahead. You have to be the one who thinks about and brings up the risks he might meet.

Here are some tips:

Hiller Boys XC Win TVL Title

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The Hiller Boys Cross Country Team took the Tri-Valley League Championship at Medfield on Tuesday. They placed first followed by Medfield and Norton. Evan Park came in 4th overall, Brian Gao 7th, Jack Cote 15, Sam Danaceau 16, Matt Pettepit 19, Jack McGuire 21st and Matt Heim 28th. "In the JV race, we had 6 out of the top 10 runners, too'" said Coach Jen Fairbanks, "It was a great day." It is the Hillers 3rd time in 4 years winning TVLs. This year the competition was different.

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Video Segment: Press Conference held about Bus Driver DUI after Hillers Cross Country Meet

59 Year Old, Robert Murphy of Ashland, Massachusetts was arrested Saturday Night (October 18th, 2014) and accused of drinking and driving a school bus with 25 members of the Hopkinton High School cross country team on board while on the way back from the Barnstable Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA. Cross Country Team Coach Jennifer Fairbanks called the police after watching Murphy run 3 red lights and miss the exit off of 495 to Hopkinton.

Murphy had been accused of DUI twice prior to the incident, the state CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check conducted did not include Murphy's prior offenses since they took place prior to the five year period the CORI check was conducted.

During a press conference held Monday (October 20th) at the School Administration building when asked if parents were angry and have they reached out, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod responded "Parents are very upset, we're all very upset, it's very scary for everyone in the school department certainly for the students, we are actively in an investigation, we have had constant conversations beginning all day Sunday into today. Our school resource officer has been interviewing all of the children." MacLeod stressed that the reaction from parents has been appeasing since the incident is being taken very seriously.

Dr. Cathy MacLeod talked about extra precautions that will be taken to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again. "Unfortunately this incident has resulted in me looking into how we can do things differently that reaches beyond state requirements. Moving forward it's not going to be good enough in Hopkinton for drivers to have any kind of record." MacLeod emphasized that the transportation department and provider have been informed that finger prints will be required immediately for all drivers. MacLeod also ensured that CORI checks on all drivers have been reviewed prior to the standard five year period and there are no other records compared to what Murphy had.

Police Chief Edward Lee commented on why the bus was not stopped earlier: "Right now the case is still under investigation, we have many witnesses we are speaking with including the adults and students on the bus. It's an ongoing investigation but we are certainly going to get to the bottom of that and find the answers."

Other questions asked included when the driver started drinking and if there were any signs of intoxication on the way down or if the driver could have been drinking at the track meet. Chief Lee commented that the help of the media and public is encouraged to determine what happened and help with the investigation. "We would certainly like to use the medias help to determine if anyone had any contact or seen anything at the location that raised any suspicion."

Robert Murphy has been driving school busses in Hopkinton since 2006 and there have been no prior problems during his time driving in Hopkinton. Murphy is currently being held without bail until a hearing Tuesday October 21st. If you have any information you are encouraged to contact the Hopkinton Police Department.

HHS presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

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The Hopkinton High School drama troupe will present the musical comedy, “Singin’ in the Rain,” November 20 through 23.

Hopkinton Drama Students Plan Halloween Fun Fest

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Hopkinton High School’s drama students are planning a special Halloween event for the youngest members of the community.

The “Halloween Fun Fest” will take place on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School atrium and auditorium. The fun will feature games, activities, treats and entertainment by students dressed in non-scary costumes.

Children 8 and under are invited to dress up and join the fun.

Dr. Cathy MacLeod and Police Chief Edward Lee answered questions regarding Bus Driver accused of OUI

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59 Year Old, Robert Murphy of Ashland, Massachusetts was arrested Saturday Night (October 18th, 2014) and accused of drinking and driving a school bus with 25 members of the Hopkinton High School cross country team on board while on the way back from the Barnstable Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA. Murphy had been accused of DUI twice prior to the incident, the state CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check conducted did not include Murphy's prior offenses since they took place prior to the five year period the CORI check was conducted.

A letter to parents regarding Bus Driver OUI Incident

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October 20, 2014

Dear Hopkinton parents,

Second ESBC Meeting on October 27

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HCAM is hosting the October meeting of the Elementary School Building Committee at 6:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public, and is airing live on HCAM-TV and hcam.tv/live. Those interested can come to the studio at 77 Main Street. The ESBC anticipates to address the designer selection process, discuss enrollment projections and plan for upcoming public forums.

Hopkinton Police Arrest School Bus Driver

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On Saturday, October 18th, at approximately 10:30 pm a coach on a school bus reported concerns that the bus driver may be intoxicated. Twenty­five Hopkinton High School cross country members were on the bus returning from a meet. Officer Aaron O’Neil was dispatched to the area and located the bus as it was turning into the Hopkinton High School parking lot.

Rain Can't Dampen Hillers

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The Varsity Golf Team played under wet and chilly conditions at Hopkinton Country Club and defeated Medfield by a score of 233 - 269. The Hillers record is now 10 - 0 and they lead the TVL by two matches over 2nd place Dover/Sherborn and Medway. "The Hillers are really starting to play well with all 8 players in the lineup contributing to some great team scores these past two matches" said Coach Bliss.

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