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Town Government Volunteer Opportunities

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The Town of Hopkinton is publicizing the current vacancies on Town Boards & Committees. If you have been curious or interested in volunteering on behalf of your community, now is an excellent time to get involved!

The current list of town Board and Committee vacancies are as follows:

Gas Odor Interrupts Center School

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Dear Center School Families,

This morning, as a precaution, we relocated staff and students to the gymnasium due to an odor located in the front of the building. The fire department and NSTAR inspected this area as well as the kitchen and other areas of the building. It was determined that there was no evidence of a hazard.

The kitchen ventilation system was also inspected. A belt was replaced which will increase the efficiency of this system.

The evacuation was precautionary. As usual, our students and staff demonstrated fabulous flexibility and cooperation.

Marathon Numbers Available from Hopkinton Education Foundation

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The Hopkinton Education Foundation has received two invitational numbers for the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014, and is making them available to interested runners.

To secure a bib, runners must commit to fundraising a minimum of $4,000, which will go to support the Foundation’s innovation grants to Hopkinton educators.

To apply, visit www.hopkintoneducationfoundation.org for an application form. The deadline for submission is January 15.

Neighborhood Supports The Benford Family

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Please join the Charlesview Neighborhood in supporting The Benford Family and honoring Abbie’s life by donating to the Food Allergy Research & Education.

Abbie Benford, 15, of Hopkinton, passed away due to an anaphylactic reaction on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Boston Children‘s Hospital. Born in Alexandria, VA, she was the daughter of Amy (Brill) Benford and Stephen Benford of Hopkinton.

Roof Collapse & Storm Drain Safety Information

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If not cleared off, dry, fluffy snow piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing any additional sleet and rain, adding weight and stress to structures. Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly. Additionally, MEMA encourages citizens to clear storm drains in their neighborhoods to minimize local flooding problems from rainfall.

In many cases, roof ice dams can form causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow:

Wally (Vallja) (Brahlit) Mezitt, 98

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Wally (Valija) (Bralit) Mezitt, 98, of Hopkinton, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, January 2, 2014 with her family by her side after a period of declining health. The daughter of the late Pauline (Kunst) and Ernst Bralit, she was born in Boston on December 29, 1915.

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

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Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.

Winter Water Tips

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The Water Department has been responding to numerous frozen water pipe calls and they have all been located inside the home. There are several measures that homeowners can take to prevent their water pipes from freezing. The Water Department would like to offer the following tips:

No School Friday!

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There will be no school Friday 1/3/14 including no after-school or evening activities due to the weather conditions.

Trash Pickups Undeterred by Snow

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Please note that the snow storm will not affect the schedule for trash and recyclables collection.

Please also note that the New Years holiday has shifted the schedule back one day - Wednesday's collection is on Thursday, Thursday's collection is on Friday, and Friday's collection is on Saturday.

Sincerely,
John K. Westerling
Director of Public Works

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