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Planning Board Reviews Plans for Hopkinton Center for the Arts

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The Planning Board met on July 22 to discuss the site plan review and the shared parking special permits for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. An 8,000 square foot addition to the barn is proposed along with a parking lot that will be shared by Hopkinton High School. Chuck Joseph from the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, engineer Dan McIntyre, Steve Lewis from Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, and Brian Gassett from Gassett Building Inc. presented the plan.

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HCA Launches "Paint the Town" Fundraiser

Phase 2 of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts expansion project is now underway. This phase will renovate the 6200 square foot barn into a multi-use learning space with an additional wing for performances, exhibits, and more.

In May, re-framing, re-siding and re-roofing of the barn began, and, as the work continues, classroom, studios, rehearsal space, an exhibit hall and a community meeting room are finally becoming a reality.

One exciting development during the renovation process is the ability to use the second floor.

The project is a joint undertaking by the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and the Hopkinton Community Endowment with a shared goal of creating a regional arts facility for art, dance, theater, film and more.

For those involved with the project, the excitement surrounding the recent progress feels good.

Currently the estimated cost of phase 2 of the projects is approximately 1 million 5 hundred thousand dollars and the total cost of the campaign is currently being revised as final construction costs are determined. .To date, just over 1 million dollars have been raised and the fundraising continues this summer with the "Paint the Town" campaign. Paint the Town runs July 15th through September 15th and all funds raised will benefit the capital campaign in partnership with the Hopkinton Community Endowment. Any and all donations, no matter the amount, will result in a colorful ribbon and bow being placed on your mailbox to indicate that you are a supporter of the project and the arts.

Donations for the Paint the Town campaign can be made online here on the HCA website or you may also donate directly to the campaign via the HCE website.

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"Dig into Reading" at the Hopkinton Public Library

As part of the summer's "Dig into Reading" theme, the library is hosting several related children's programs throughout the summer. Last Monday, children had the opportunity to uncover information about mammals that live underground. The program, hosted by Hands on Nature, allowed the children at the program to explore the characteristics of underground creatures through story, discussion, a craft, and by actually getting to meet a rabbit, an underground mammal.

And then on Thursday, the crafts and stories continued with Youth Services Librarian Denise Kofron, who read a few gardening related stories including ones about flowers and potatoes. After story time, the children had the opportunity to create their own garden by decorating their own pot and then planting kale seeds, with the help of Garden Club member Helena Garesche.

For a full list of summer library activities, visit

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Model UN expanding to Hopkinton Middle School

Starting this fall, Middle School students will be able to put their debate skills to the test, just like their High School counterparts, with the formation of a Model United Nations Club, or Model UN, at the Middle School level. The after school club is designed to be a simulation of the UN, where participants research and debate various current event topics. Although there are around 2,000 schools across Massachusetts that have Model UN programs, there are only a few that are currently in middle schools.

Although specific details haven't been worked out yet, there have been discussions for High School students involved in Model UN to work directly with those participating in the Middle School.

The club meets once a week at the High School and will most likely follow that same format too at the Middle School. During these meetings, students practice their public speaking and discussion skills by having debates about either real current issues, or sometimes funny, made-up ones by taking on a specific role such as a particular country or person in the debate.
The purpose of these debates is to help prepare students for a handful of conferences that they attend throughout the school year, in which students get a chance to debate against other schools from across the globe in a format akin to how the United Nations actually operates. There are conferences specific to students both at the middle and high school level.

Through these exercises, students develop their public speaking, research, and debate skills. However, particularly at the Middle School, those who are apprehensive about public speaking are still encouraged to participate in the club.

Ultimately, the goal of Model UN isn't just about education and debate, but about having fun while doing so.

Building Wreckers Local 1421 Fifth Union to Endorse Spilka for Congress

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The Building Wreckers Local 1421 has joined a growing list of labor organizations in strongly endorsing Karen Spilka for Congress. The fifth union endorsement in as many days, Local 1421 is supporting Karen because of her leadership on the economy and focus on creating jobs.

More Roadwork Underway

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Rubber Chip Seal resurfacing work is scheduled for Monday July 22nd and Tuesday July 23rd on the following streets.

7/22- Spring St – From Pond St to the Upton town line.
Saddle Hill Rd – From Daniel Shays (south) to 750’ south of Equestrian Dr.

7/23 – Front St – From Ash St to Clinton St.
Lumber St – 630’ south of West Main St to 3805’ south of West Main St.

Work hours will be 7am – 5pm.

One lane of traffic will be open during construction.

Please expect minor delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Excessive Heat Warning

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518 PM EDT THU JUL 18 2013





Ghosh to Replace Dooley as Director of Technology

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Hopkinton High School announced today that High School Assistant Principal Ashoke Ghosh will become the new Director of Information and Technology for the Hopkinton School District. Ghosh will replace the outgoing IT Director Kathy Dooley, who took on a new role in the Wellesley School District.

Front Street Road Closure

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On Thursday July 18th, 2013 Front Street will be closed to install a water service to a residence on Front Street. The street closing will impact Front St. from South Mill Street to Ash Street during the hours of 9 AM to 3 PM. The contractors’ intention is to complete the work in one day.

Detour signs will be in place and detail police officers will be there to assist motorists around the site.

B.A.A. Half Marathon Registration is Now Closed

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The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 13th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, has closed after its 7,500 entrant field size limit was reached. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013 and will be the third and final race in the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley. Registration opened on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET and closed approximately 12 minutes later at 10:12 a.m. ET.


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