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ESBC Begins To Look at School Layouts, Updates Public Forum Schedule

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All models looked similar, with a three-winged model separating classrooms, extracurricular rooms, and the gym and cafeteria spaces.
In all three of the models, the academic spaces would be separated from the gymnasium and public spaces; this would make the building safer and more accessible for extracurricular activities after hours. Some models had to be adjusted slightly; the Center school site's wings were bowed inward to accommodate the smaller land area for that site.

A disease once eliminated, now back

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Measles was declared eliminated from the United States 15 years ago, yet within the last five years cases have increased. The latest outbreak at Disney World, which began last December and has since led to more than 150 cases in 17 states, is a stark reminder that vaccine-preventable diseases can, without vigilance, return easily, spread quickly, and be dangerous.

HHS Athletics Adopts New Registration Program

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This spring we are introducing our new athletic registration program FamilyID. Parents and students will register for all sports using Family ID. Please visit the Athletic Department webpage on the Hopkinton Public School website. Here you will find the link to sign up for Family ID and register your child. Please register by March 13th

Please note a hard copy of your child’s current physical (within 13 months) must be on file in the Athletic Trainers Office not with the nurse.

Gov. Baker To Announce Snow Storm Loan Fund

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As a result of significantly reduced patronage during recent snow storms, many Massachusetts small businesses have lost sales and fallen behind in meeting their financial obligations, including payroll. This can have a negative impact as it ripples through the local economy, on business owners and employees.

New England Truck Driver Expo attracts Top Trucking Companies in the Region

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The New England Truck Driver Expo is filling a critical need for local transportation and trucking companies in New England. This event, billed as “the premier career and industry event for CDL drivers,” is bringing together the area’s top transportation and trucking companies and connecting them to a qualified pool of truck drivers.

80 Years of Service

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Jean Scarlata, who retired this past fall, was on hand as the Selectman honored, Louie Mongiat, who retired after 46 years of service to the town. Louie started with the Highway Department in 1968. He moved over to the water department and also was on call for emergencies for the sewer department. Louie also worked many years as an on call Fire Fighter. He truly embodied the spirit of helping out any and all departments and any citizen he encountered. He was a member of the Marathon Committee and was a prominent figure involved in the painting of the starting line each year.

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Video Segment: Snow Removal Update

In the month of February we have seen a blizzard, 2 massive snow storms dropping nearly a foot of snow and 4 straight weekends with a significant snowstorm. The snow has caused mayhem in the Boston area and repeatedly closed schools and businesses across the state. DPW or roadway departments and cleanup crews have been working nonstop throughout New England over the last few weeks. Recently DPW Director of Hopkinton, John Westerling gave HCAM news an update on the current status of snow cleanup in Hopkinton.

Westerling mentioned during a typical snowstorm 45 pieces of equipment are used which includes DPW equipment and private contractors. Due to the record snowfall, DPW workers and independent contractors through the recent days have worked through the night to clear sidewalks, push snow off of streets, clean up public parking lots and eliminate dangerous snow mounds. Throughout the last few nights a full compliment of equipment has been out to remove snow from the downtown area, schools, fire and police parking lots and other public parking areas.

John also mentioned that due to the record amount of snowfall extra money had to be spent on snow removal; "town meeting last year, appropriated $350,000 for snow and ice removal and we exceeded that." In accordance with Mass general laws, the DPW received permission to overspend the appropriated budget on snow and ice removal. "I would say that the difficult part has been the continuous effort" Blizzard Juno dropped 31 inches of snow and the following weekend 16 more inches of snow fell followed by a couple smaller storms. Westerling emphasized the most difficult part has been keeping up with the snow due to the continuous storms that have occurred. "it's just compound the effort and makes you go back to square one with snow plowing, treating the roads, widening intersections, widening roads, removing the snow." Westerling did not know the exact amount that has been spent on snowfall removal so far due to incoming invoices from independent contractors.

Westerling praised the hard work the DPW and cleanup crews have put in throughout the record setting snowfall; "Hopkinton is blessed with a dedicated and committed crew at the department of public works, the highway, water and sewer departments, those gentlemen have been working long hours and are dedicated to providing the best service to the community making the roads safe, navigable and just doing the best they can for the community."

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Video Segment: Latest Happening in Town

After 34 years in business the Golden Spoon located at 85 West Main street will have their last day Sunday, March 1st. a Starbucks, Unibank and stores have been proposed for the area, the existing structure will be demolished to make more room for roadways.

Part owner of Colella's Supermarket at 61 Main Street Dale Danahy reportedly announced that despite the grocery store portion closing soon, the liquor store portion will remain open. The supermarket will be closing in the near future, the date has not yet been announced. No date has been determined to how long the liquor store will stay open after the grocery portion closes or what the future of the property is. The Grocery portion is expected to close within the next few weeks.

Town officials from Ashland and Hopkinton are holding public meetings in both towns to get public input on a possible merger between fire deparments. The merger would essentially create one big fire department for both Hopkinton and Ashland. HCAM News will continue to update you on the plan as it moves forward.

Tuesday March 3rd at 7pm is the special town meeting at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorioum to discuss if the town should purchase land at 203 Pond Street, The special election will be Tuesday March 10th, 2015. The Special Town meeting will air live on HCAM.

Point of Order Returns LIVE Tomorrow, 2/27 at 12:30 p.m.

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Tomorrow, February 27th, at 12:30 p.m., town manager Norman Khumalo and Operations Assistant to the Town Manager Jamie Hellen will appear with town moderator Bruce Karlin on Point of Order. This episode will be a follow-up on the 203 Pond St issue, and provide voters with valuable information ahead of the March 3rd town meeting and March 10th.

Marianne Hennigan, 54

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Marianne Hennigan, 54, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Norma Claire (Bird) and William Joseph McCarthy. She was the wife of Thomas J. Hennigan III of Hopkinton.

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