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Video Segment: Check out the Hopkinton Center for the Arts Renovations

Chuck Joseph gave HCAM News a look at the renovations so far at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The renovations feature a new performance center for concerts and other various events, a class area for various performance art classes, a gallery section which features enough space for art exhibits and additional space for poetry readings, choral groups and various large classes.

The Main Gallery is a walk through section with access to the High School parking lot on one side and the HCA parking lot on the other. The Gallery will feature art exhibits, a ticket booth, catering kitchen, control room, restrooms and administrative offices. The Performance Center will host various functions such as lecture series, music concerts and theatrical performances. The backstage of the performance center can also be used as a set shop and for larger functions.

The interior of the barn will be a learning center featuring visual arts classrooms, dance studios, 3 music studio rehearsal rooms. The 2nd floor of the barn is a large open space that could be used for acoustical shows, poetry readings, large classes and choral groups. There is also capability to subdivide the 2nd floor of the barn.

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Video Segment: Real Housewives of Hopkinton Hosted Shopping for a Cause

The Real Housewives of Hopkinton hosted Shopping for a Cause to benefit Project Just Because, a non-profit organization which aims to help all in need. The event took place at Golden Pond's new independent living dining room and many were on hand to get some early Christmas shopping done while helping a great cause. The event was co-sponsored by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and Yummy Mummy Brownies.

Vendors included: 5 Star Sweets, Advocare, Arbonne, Blitzmeskinny, Blue Aura Designs, Body-Love Fitness, Chubby's Candles, Elements @ the Circle, Essante Organics & the Uncommon Shop, Friends of 300th, Goodness Remedies, J.Hillburn, Jamberry, Jamibelina, Lia Sophia, LittleMan Originals, Lyn Evans, Nerium AD, New England Bows, Sea Coast Bags, Sew Cute, Sipalda, Stella & Dot, The Grapevine, Thirty-One, Yummy Mummy Brownies and more including crafters and home & wellness resources. Light refreshments and complimentary wine was served.

At Board of Health, Proposed Lumber Street Renovaton Revised

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The Board of Health met on December 8th, 2014. During the meeting, they discussed old business, pressing issues for the upcoming year, and held a public hearing for 196 Lumber St.

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Video Segment: Board Approves promotion to Sergeant for Timothy Brennan

Chief Edward Lee talked to the selectmen about the selection process in choosing a new sergeant, The Chief stated it was a tough decision as 9 Hopkinton Officers applied but it was Detective Timothy Brennan who received the promotion to sergeant. "I believe that detective Brennan rose to the top in the process, he brought a unique set of skills, coupled with his education and experience. In my opinion would be the best fit for the position."

Officer Brennan is 48 years old, has a Wife and 3 Children, he lived in town for 15 years after being born in Newton, he graduated from Newton North high school in 1984. Brennan has a bachelors degree in business management and science from Bentley College in 1994 as well as a masters degree in criminal justice from Suffolk University in 2003. Officer Brennan has served Hopkinton P.D. for the last 12 years and has over 27 years of law enforcement experience.

Sergeant Timothy Brennan talked about a self defense class he would like to incorporate for children in schools, Brennan currently runs a self defense program for Women.

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Video Segment: Board of Selectmen approve Maria Casey as new town Human Resources Director

The Board of Selectmen approved Town Manager Norman Khumalo’s appointment of Maria Casey to serve as the new town Human Resources Director. Town Manager Norman Khumalo stated: "Everybody we spoke to confirmed her as being ethical, trustworthy and highly professional."

Maria talked to the board about why she was attracted to Hopkinton; "A lot of your managers are well respected, that intrigued me to continue further." Maria mentioned that Hopkinton reminded her of the community she grew up in Littleton, MA after she talked with people and went to some of the establishments. Maria has experience in a number of other communities and received the unanimous vote to become the new Human Resources Director for Hopkinton.

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Video Segment: Sky's the Limit Shows off Middle School Courtyard

Skys the Limit hosted a presentation and showed off the new Middle School courtyard. Student Ambassador Madison McDougall was kind enough to show HCAM news around the renovated courtyard. Madison talked about how the courtyard not only looks more appealing but there is plenty of space to do numerous educational and fun activities.

Middle School Assistant principal Maryellen Grady started the Sky's The Limit Project when she became motivated to transform the unused space and Principal Alan Keller gave permission to Maryellen Grady to start a school climate committee to transform the courtyard. Maryellen introduced me to Nora Bonnell and Hannah Murphy, 2 Hopkinton High School students who are heavily invested in helping the project. On her birthday Nora asked for money to benefit the Sky's the Limit Project. "When she introduced the project to me, I just think it's a great idea and I think it's a really awesome way to get students to learn in a different way and different environment." Hannah liked the idea of paying tribute to a former student colleague that passed away, Shayne Deroches.

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Video Segment: Hopkinton beats Ashland in the 91st Thanksgiving Meeting 9-7

Hopkinton and Ashland met on thanksgiving morning for the 91st time at the home of the Clockers. Snow fell throughout the previous night into the morning, making the field a sloppy wet surface.

First Drive of the Game Pat Ryan illudes a couple of defenders and completes to Haiden Pereira who was forced out of bounds at around the Ashland 45 yard-line, then a few players later, Jake Kelleher at Quarterback, Pat Ryan Spread to the left, Pat Ryan catches the football for a first down. The Ashland defense stepped it up however, Drew Donohue stuffed for a loss, then Jake Kelleher sacked, the Clockers defense got the job done and keep the game scoreless.

On Ashland's posession QB Mitch Porter finds Filip Cooper under pressure and Cooper turns on the Jets and breaks into Hillers territory. Colin Hanrahan than sets up Ashland nicely within the Hillers 20 yardline heading to the 2nd quarter. Ashland kept the charge going with a great catch by Max Feinburg. Later in the drive a Hopkinton Pass interference call sets up a Mitch Porter Touchdown to make it a 6-0 game, a Joe Kerkach extra point put the Clockers up 7 with 8:16 left in the first half.

After the Ashland touchdown, both defenses went back and forth forcing punts but then in the 4th quarter Pat Ryan goes to Matt Decina for the first
down, then later in the drive Pat Ryan connects with Matt Decina for the touchdown. Hillers were an extra point away from tying the game, however did not convert on the extra point as Ryan took the snap and threw it incomplete with 6:56 left to go in the game. Clockers remained ahead 7-6.

The Hillers then went for the onside kick but Ashland scoops it up and has the football with great field position. Ashland moved the chains a couple times but the Hillers defense bent but did not break as they force the turnover on downs. Hillers get the ball at their own 30 with 2:24 left to go in the game.

Kelleher then threw a ball off the hands of Pat Ryan and the Clockers intercepted. Ashland had a chance to end it with a first down, but Colin Hanrahan jumped offside pushing the Clockers back 5 yards late in the 4th and leading to an incomplete pass followed by a punt late in the game.

Jake Kelleher put together a good last drive finding Matt Decina and Pat Ryan for big completions and found Haiden Pereira inside the 10 yard-line.
A flag pushed the Hillers back on 4th down so now it was about a 31 yard field goal try for Adam Giordano, Giordano kicked it through to make it 9-7 Hopkinton with not a lot of time left. Hillers kick off and Ashland is hoping for a miracle. lateral followed by lateral but Hopkinton special teams come through and secure the 9-7 victory. The Hillers finish the season 5 and 6, Ashland 6 and 5.

Congratulations to the 2014 Hopkinton Hillers Football team on a great finish!

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Video Segment: Toys for Tots donations can be brought to Police Station.

The Hopkinton Police Department in partnership with the United States Marine Corps is a designated Toys For Tots drop-off location.They ask any residents or businesses that can donate this year to please drop off an unwrapped toy in the collection box at the police station on 74 Main Street by December 19th.

You can find more information on the organization at the following link:

"MISSION: The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns. Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.

GOAL: The primary goal of the Foundation is the same as that of the overall Toys for Tots Program: i.e. – to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the Foundation are the same as those of the overall Toys for Tots program: i.e. – to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; an to contribute to improving communities in the future."

HPTA Extracurricular Programs For Kindergarten Students

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The Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association (HPTA) is excited to open the Extracurricular Program to the kindergarten class for the first time. At Center School, the HPTA will offer four after-school programs including: Bricks4Kids (Legos), Karate, Soft Stick Lacrosse and Little Actors. Sessions will run for 8 weeks (3:10-4:00 pm). If you are interested, here is what you need to know to register online:

Early Registration begins Wednesday, December 10 @ 9:00 pm - Early Registration is open to HPTA members only. Members receive a $20 discount per class.

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Video Segment: Photos around Hopkinton

You can see these photos and more sights the shoot on

Photo 1 - John Ritz contributed this photo as recently we saw the first snow of the year.

Photo 2 - Holiday Spirit is in the air, this photo wastaken at Angels Garden Center and sent in byJeff Doherty

Photo 3 - It's Hopkinton's finest with mustaches, all for a good cause.. The Hopkinton Police are growing out the mustache for Male health awareness
you can find more information on how to donate at our website

Photo 4 - Children at the library recently enjoyed story time with Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark, it was part of the library's celebrity storytime program

Photo 5 - Accidental acceleration led to a car crashing into Dynasty Chinese Restaurant forutanatelyno one was hurt and the buisness was able to stay open

Photo 6 - Hopkinton Fire tweeted out this picture of Group2 handling a motor vehicle crash on school street, one person was sent to the hospital.

Photo 7 - The Hopkinton Hillers Girls volleyball team won the state championship for the first time ever. Here you see the team with the trophy. The Hillers finished 22 and 2 and swept Weston to get the trophy.


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