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Safety Info From Transportation Department

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Earlier today, the Transportation Safety Review Committee met to discuss an issue of concern to all parents and their students; i.e. student safety at bus stops. The Committee agreed to ask parents to remind their students to be extra careful at this time of the year due to darkness in the early mornings and late afternoons. If a student has to cross a street to get onto the school bus, the student should always wait for a signal from the bus driver before leaving the bus stop to board the bus.

Hillers Boys and Girls Indoor Track & Field

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Indoor Track & Field

12/13/14 – Hopkinton Boys and Girls both start off 1-0 after wins against Medfield.

Boys beat Medfield 47-39
Girls beat Medfield 73-13

Boys 1st Place: Jake Benson (Hurdle), Ryan Branch (660 M), Evan Park (1000 M), Brian Gao (2 Mile), Declan McWilliams (Shot Put)

Girls 1st Place: Nicole Belisle (Hurdle), Allison Walsh (Dash), Lauren Hazzard (1 Mile), Isabelle Giordano (600 M), Emilie Mastrianni (300 M), Caitlyn Halloran (High Jump), MP Monks (1000 M), Kerry Driscoll (2 Mile), Relay: Hopkinton

Indoor Track & Field

High School Cans All Dances Due To Dirty Dancing

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A letter distributed by the High School Administration today announces no more Dances at the High School:

As you may have heard from your son/daughter, we have decided that we will no longer offer dances held at the high school including the 9/10th grade Cotillion in March. This decision excludes the Junior Prom. The Prom is held at a different venue and student behavior has not been of significant concern in the past.

Conservation Commission Hears West Elm St, DiCarlo Road

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On Monday, December 15th, the Conservation Commission met to discuss three properties, on West Elm St, DiCarlo Road, and Hayden Rowe St.

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Video Segment: Officer Phil Shows off New Uniform

Hopkinton High School School Resource Officer Phil Powers or as some of the students call him O.P. short for Officer Phil wanted a change from the standard police uniform to a more casual uniform to have a more casual approach towards the students and the public, Chief Lee agreed with the idea and allowed the uniform change. "Instead of wearing a police uniform everyday to school and dealing with the kids I asked if I could make it more softer, more kid friendly. We came up with some different shirts." A few of Officer Powers shirts serve as a representation. The Green represents the Hillers, he wears Red on Fridays for support the troop day. Each shirt has Officer Phil's badge as well as job title on the front and reads "Police" on the back to make him identifiable as a Police Officer in a casual manner. Officer Powers can be seen wearing many various Police shirts including long sleeves for the cold weather and short sleeves for the warm weather, as well as a couple various colors.

You can also view video on our You Tube Page

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Video Segment: Elmwood gets ready for another year of Wee Deliver

Around 60 students were sworn in to the Elmwood School Wee Deliver program by Hopkinton and Woodville Postmaster Carl A. Zagame,the program allows students to run their own post office. In the program students create posters, design stamps, write letters and learn the general operations of the post office. The program helps communication, writing and teamwork skills.

Principal David Ljungberg talked about the program "Our Wee Deliver program is now in it's 16th year, it's open to any students who wish to apply, we have almost 250 applicants this year and the 3rd graders in particular can apply for the postmaster positions which are in charge of other students in the program. So out of the 250 applicants this year we were able to select 60 students based on teacher recommendations." Students that wanted to become Postmasters had to take a real practice civil service exam, those who scored a perfect score went on to the next round and had to write a letter about what makes them the best candidate for the position. Some of the main skills the program teaches includes letter writing, sending and receiving mail and experience working in the mail room.

Hopkinton and Woodville Postmaster Carl A. Zagame described the duties of a postmaster; "It's a little bit of everything, starting with when the mail comes in, in the morning it gets sorted properly. In Hopkinton's instance we have 11 routes in which the mail gets delivered on a daily basis and we manage the retail with the Hopkinton Post office, which is open 8:30-5:00 for peoples needs of sending packages out, letters, Passport acceptance."

Carl mentioned that he liked the Wee Deliver program because it keeps the letter writing process going "It keeps that old tradition of getting handwritten letters going, it keeps the post office which is well over 100 years old going." "There is nothing like getting that handwritten letter weather its neat or messy, it's personalized and it's just great for everybody to keep it going."

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Video Segment: Concern About School Street / West Main Street Intersection

Angels Garden Center located near the intersection of West Main Street, Dicarlo Road and School Street has undergone numerous renovations in recent months including a new stop light, repaving and various other road fixes but concern has been expressed by a few about the current stop light system and road format. Jeff Doherty owner of Angels Garden Center is one of the concerned members of the community. Jeff stated "The folks who live on the North Side of the intersection who would like to make a left hand turn, who paid for the light a half of million dollars, they are at a disadvantage because they do not get a clear direction and a simple fix would be a 5 second delay in the light." Jeff also mentioned that the Town Manager told the DPW to make the changes and they have not done so yet.

Jeff also expressed concern that the stop lines were to far up on the road. "If somebody wanted to take a left hand turn on School Street coming up West Main, they would not be able to because there would be a car stopped at the red light." Jeff also had an issue with the stop line on West Main Street stating a right turn on school street going northward could be difficult to negotiate for a large truck or trailer if a car is stopped at the line, since the line is too far up. Jeff acknowledged that the light has dramatically decreased the amount of accidents at the intersection stating that before the light, there was at least one accident a month.

Director of Public Works John Westerling agreed with both of Jeff's concerns stating that the correction to the timing of the light is expected to be made and also stated that the contractor painted the stop lines in the wrong spot. "We are in contact with the contractor to relocate those, to move those back easterly to allow folks traveling southerly on School Street to take that left on West Main Street without their being any vehicles impeding that turn."

John stated that "Jeff has been great, he has been our eyes in the field and he lives that every day so he is aware what is going on out there. We talked about those 2 very specific problems and we are going to make changes a long those very same lines."

Teach Your Teen How to Deal With Disrespect

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“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere,” said English writer G.K. Chesterton. Unfortunately, when many teens want to draw the line on disrespectful behavior, they become disrespectful themselves.
Standing up for yourself—without resorting to inappropriate behavior—is an important skill. Here are some tips to offer your teen:

Preschool Accepting Lottery Applications

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Hopkinton Integrate Preschool is now accepting lottery applications through February 1, 2015 for enrollment during the 2015-2016 school year. This is a lottery for students who turn 3 years of age between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015. We will accept applications for students who will be 4 years old prior to August 31, 2015 and generate a waiting list through the lottery. However, please note that 4-year old opening sonly occur when a current 3-year old does not return to the program.

Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off in January

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HOPKINTON, MA (December 12, 2014) – Beginning in January of 2105, the yearlong series of events to celebrate Hopkinton’s 300th anniversary will begin. Planning by the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee has been, and is still, underway for several activities that will highlight, recognize and honor Hopkinton's history and the people who made it happen.

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