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@HopkintnWX Weather Update

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Chilly start this morning with temps rising to the mid 60's. Sunny and clear. Chance of showers tomorrow and then a cold front brings in some cold air for both Sunday and Monday morning. Could be some 20"s in low lying areas!

Zoning Board of Appeals Denies Anti-CVS Group

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After two days of public hearings, this Wednesday 10/14 and last Wednesday 10/7, the Zoning Board of Appeals have denied the appeal against CVS Pharmacy. A group of Hopkinton residents filed an appeal to prevent CVS from being built at the location of the former Colella's building arguing that CVS is a "healthcare facility" and not retail, therefore it should be barred from the former Colella's because of a town bylaw preventing health services facilities from being built at that location.

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Video: Hillers Sports Update 10-14-2015

Check out Hillers Standings and highlights from Girls Soccer as the Hillers took down Westwood 1-0. Will the Hillers make the playoffs? Find out by watching the video below.

Hillers Fall Sports Standings 2015
Hillers Football 2-3 (7th)
Boys Cross Country 6-0 (1st)
Girls Cross Country 6-0 (1st)
Hillers Golf 15-1 (T-1st)
Girls Volleyball 10-2 (1st)
Field Hockey 6-4-1 (2nd)
Boys Soccer 4-6-2 (6th)
Girls Soccer 2-4-6 (7th)

TVL Standings 10-14-2015

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(W-L-T)
TVL Standings (Football)
Holliston 5-0
Ashland 4-1
Norton 3-2
Medfield 3-2
Westwood 3-2
Millis 2-3
Hopkinton 2-3
Bellingham 1-4
Medway 1-4

TVL Standings (Boys Cross Country)
Hopkinton 5-0
Westwood 5-0
Norton 5-0
Medfield 2-3
Bellingham 2-3
Medway 1-4
Holliston 1-4
Millis 0-4
Ashland 0-4

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Video: Golden Pond Surprises Fire Department with Lunch

Some of the staff of Golden Pond went down to the Fire Department and served up some lunch to thank them for their service. Chef Chris Reid cooked up some delicious food to thank the Fire Department for all the help they have given Golden Pond.

Executive Director Dr. Barry Zeltzer, Chef Chris Reid, Jen Belesi and Kris Leardi made the surprise visit. Leardi expressed gratitude for the help the Hopkinton Fire Department has provided to Golden Pond throughout the years; "we are really here to thank the Fire Department which has always been so helpful to Golden Pond. We have a lot of residents, over 180 residents and they are always in our building and we appreciate their service to us so we are making a lunch for them."

Chef Reid cooked up: Grilled Chicken with herbed cheese on ciabatta bread with lettuce, tomato and bacon as well as apple crisp with whip cream.

..... and now I'm hungry.

Check out the lunchtime surprise in the video below.

Weather Trends in Hopkinton: October 4th - October 11th 2015

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According to the DPW weather station, the highest temperature reached in Hopkinton last week was 72.7 degrees, the lowest was 36.6. Average temperature last week in Hopkinton was 53.1 degrees. Humidity was at an average of 78.9%, the peak was 97% while the lowest was 38%. Wind Speed averaged 1.5 MPH, while reaching a high of 11 MPH. Precipitation accumulated 0.46 inches last week in Hopkinton. You can see all the averages for Hopkinton below and be on the lookout for future weather updates in Hopkinton.

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Video: Board of Appeals CVS Public Hearing

To start off the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Mark Hyman was nominated as Chair and Michael Pierce the Vice Chair as the board agreed to reorganize.

The ZBA than focused on the main topic of interest, the appeal of CVS moving in to 61 main street, which housed the former Colella's. The public hearing started off with a debate on if latecomers to the appeal, Hopkinton Drug owner Dennis Katz and resident Jason Mahon should be allowed to join after Mike Patel dropped from the appeal. After hearing both sides, the board moved the discussion to the issue at hand, whether CVS is a health services facility (which is not allowed in the downtown area) or is specifically a retail business and would be allowed in the downtown business district.

Attorney Eric Goldberg representing the appellants of the CVS argued that CVS through its advertising, marketing materials and own filings markets themselves as a healthcare facility. "Their argument is that we are not a healthcare services facility so we don't get bogged down on that quagmire but what we are proposing to install in that existing space is a retail store and the pharmacy is simply an accessory to a principal retail use, and that's a fallacy."

Licensed Pharmacist Todd Brown who is also "Executive Director of Massachusetts Independent Pharmacist Association" testified on behalf of the appellants stating that pharmacies are responsible to provide information and advise about medication and provide what is beyond a retail service. "If they don't do these services, if they don't evaluate the drug therapy or if they don't educate the patient appropriately on the use of the medication they're actually held liable.. so these are not services that you would think just a normal retail establishment would provide."

Hopkinton's Assistant Building Inspector Mike Shepard argued that despite being a pharmacy CVS is a retail facility. "Of course they dispense drugs that's obvious, whether CVS sells film, lipstick and hearing aids, it doesn't matter, they sell it all at retail."

Marisa Pizzi, one of the Attorneys representing Crosspoint Associates (Leaser of 61 Main Street to CVS) argued the services provided by the parent company CVS health are getting grouped in with the purpose of the retail stores: "the types of services that may be provided by CVS health, the parent association is not relevant. CVS Pharmacy Inc. is a registered foreign corporation in Massachusetts and it's registered for the purpose of doing business as a retail pharmacy chain."

After 3 hours of discussion the public hearing ran out of time and will continue at town hall, 7pm Wednesday October 14. See highlights in the video below.

EMC purchased by Dell for $67 Billion

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The New York Times is calling it "the biggest takeover ever of a technology company" as Dell purchased Hopkinton based EMC for $67 billion dollars.

EMC posted the following on their website www.emc.com : "Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company."

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Video: HCAM News 9-25-2015

On this edition of HCAM news, Michael Macione lets you know what you can learn at this years Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series, we have responses to our question of the week and we get you up to date with Hillers Sports as the fall season is in full swing but first after 32 years of service to the Hopkinton Police department, the board of selectmen honored officer Pat O’ Brien as he gets set to enjoy retirement.

Become a Part of the “Dear Hopkinton” Project Before it’s Too Late!

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“Dear Hopkinton” is a town-wide photo project to celebrate Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary. Modeled after the “Dear World” project created by Robert Fogarty “Dear Hopkinton” allows residents to share their special message about Hopkinton through a photograph. Residents may participate individually or as a group by writing personal notes to Hopkinton. These messages can be a personal statement, messages for our future generations, or something you love about our great town. The messages are written in black (erasable) marker on the subject’s arms and then creatively posed for the photo.

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