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January 26 Snow Cancellations

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Trash and recycling pick up is on the regular schedule today, Thursday January 27, 2011

Schools

Due to the inclement weather, there is no school in Hopkinton today. All after school activities are cancelled.

Richard McSheehan, 35

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Richard McSheehan, 35, of Hopkinton, MA, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 after his long battle with Brain Cancer. He leaves behind his beloved Fiancée, Beth Woods, and her daughter Caylee, whom he considered his own.

He was born in Rochester, NH to Henry & Anita (Begin) McSheehan, where he lived until he graduated from NH College with a degree in Culinary Arts. Later he moved to MA, where he spent the rest of his all too short life working as an Assistant Bakery Manager for Shaw’s Supermarkets. Richard enjoyed cooking, sports, animals, and spending time with his friends and family.

Find Your Perfect Dress This Saturday

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The basement of the O’Loughlin home in Hopkinton is draped with an assortment of formal gowns and dresses as the Leos -- along with members of the HPTA -- prep for this year’s Perfect Dress fundraiser. Brittany O’Loughlin, Leos President, and her friends admire a few personal favorites: a fuchsia, full-length column dress with delicate beading, a black and white graphic strapless mini with a bubble skirt, and a sequined, teal ball gown worthy of any prom queen.

In favor of K-5 Elementary School Districts

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I am writing to express support for the proposed new K-5 elementary school on Fruit Street and for three elementary school districts. I think many excellent arguments have been made to show why Center School is no longer safe or educationally sound for Hopkinton's children, as well as why now is the right time to go forward with this project financially due to low construction costs and the high reimbursement rate from the state. However, I know many residents are nervous about the concept of districted schools since this is something that has never before been done here.

Senator Karen Spilka Re-Appointed Chair of Economic Development

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Confirming the need for engaged and steadfast leadership during challenging economic times, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) was re-appointed the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies by Senate President Therese Murray yesterday. Having served for the past two years as Chair, the appointment means that Senator Spilka will serve in that capacity for another two year term.

Chamber of Commerce to Lead Economic Development

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Plans are in the works for a whole new way to handle economic development in the town of Hopkinton and the Chamber of Commerce will lead the way in a newly formed partnership with the Town Manager’s Office and the Board of Selectmen.

“We want to work hand in hand with the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager to create a marketing plan for the town,” said Chamber Executive Director Tim Kilduff. “We’d like to be the point person and we can start immediately and have an impact.”

Marion M. Bobeck, 79

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Marion M. Bobeck, 79, died Saturday, January 22, 2011 in Holliston.

She was the wife of Dr. Charles F. Bobeck, to whom she was married for 59 years. Born in Clinton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Isabella (Davidson) Lockhart.

She was a 1948 graduate of Clinton High School and worked as a dental assistant in her husband's dental practice in Hopkinton.

School Committee Reviews Budgets and Superintendent Search Progress.

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The establishment of a thirteen member Superintendent Search Review Committee was approved at the January 20th School Committee Meeting. The approval is a major step that helps brings the selection process into focus. Once the members are chosen, they can begin the candidate review process. Currently an outside search firm is developing a candidate profile for the position. The profile will assist the new committee in selecting the next superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Jack Phelan.

Community Preservation Committee Update

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Budgets, land purchases and the repair of the Town Common fountain were on the agenda last week when the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) met for it's scheduled meeting.

The January 19th meeting also brought up the much discussed topic of the new ramp for the town library that would replace the existing, non-compliant ramp. Committee Chair John Coolidge said the committee would approve bids up to $20,000 for the project. The article will be voted on at Town Meeting.

Legislative Package To Address Domestic Violence

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A comprehensive Domestic Violence legislative package aimed at addressing domestic violence and increasing the penalties against repeat, violent batterers was filed by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and State Representative Kate Hogan today.

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