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Senate Passes Bill to Freeze Unemployment Insurance Premiums

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Continuing a commitment to provide economic relief for businesses across the Commonwealth, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced Senate passage of a bill that freezes the unemployment insurance premiums paid by businesses. Without the freeze, the rate would increase by approximately $220 per employee, with the average business seeing payments jump from $715 to $935 for each worker.

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.8%...Jobs Decline in December by 6,200

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today that the total unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point from the November rate of 7.0 percent, and well below the national rate of 8.5 percent. It is the lowest monthly rate since December of 2008. The preliminary December estimates show a decrease of 6,200 jobs in Massachusetts, for a total of 3,234,500 jobs.

300th Anniversary Logo Winner Announced

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The winner of the 300th Anniversary logo contest was announced by the 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee at their meeting last night and the winner is Kris Waldman, Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Alliance. According to committee chair Anne Mattina, there were a total of twelve entries and five judges from the community who were not committee members.

The 300th Anniversary Committee asks that the logo not be reproduced without permission from the committee. The committee can be reached by email at

Hillers Girls Lacrosse Team Honored at State House

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Representative Carolyn C. Dykema and Senator Karen E. Spilka were pleased to host the Hopkinton Hillers Girls Lacrosse team at the State House on January 4th to celebrate their 2011 Girls Lacrosse Division II State Championship.

The athletes were recognized for their achievements by both the House and Senate chambers and received citations to commemorate their remarkable season.

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Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours in February

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Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding office hours throughout the 8th Middlesex District during the month of February. She will be in Hopkinton on Monday, February 27th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Hopkinton Public Library.

Any resident who would like to speak with Representative Dykema and is unable to attend office hours should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or email her aide at to set up a personal appointment.

Tuesday February 7th, 6 – 7pm
Holliston Public Library
752 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746


Hiller Hockey

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Hillers fall one goal short again. Hopkinton took on neighbor Milford last night at the Navin arena. The Hawks got on the board first with a goal that went in with the net about 6" off the moorings. Unfortunately it was unnoticed by the referees and the goal was allowed to stand.

Freshman Matt Decina picked up his first varsity goal on the powerplay with a great shot from the point, assisted by brother Mike. Milford was able to get the game winner on a deflection in from of Billy Elder. The Hillers visit Bellingham on Saturday night.

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A Moving Keynote Speech on MLK Day

Speaking about his experience growing up as the child of Holocaust escapees, and how Martin Luther King's message and example inspired his parents, School Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Landman made his keynote speech during Hopkinton's celebration of Martin Luther King Day, a personal one.

To listen to Dr. Landman's speech in its entirety, watch the HCAM video below.

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Highlights from Hopkinton's MLK Day of Giving Back

On most school holidays, it isn't that uncommon to find kids watching TV, playing video games, or catching up on some school work. But beginning in 2008, resident Linda Katz helped create an event that made Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day on, rather day a day off, for the community. Using one of MLK's famous quotes, " life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?" as a springboard, Katz created a day dedicated to community service.

Robert J. McGovern, 49

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Robert J. McGovern, 49, of Boylston passed away Friday, January 13, 2012. He leaves three children, Julia E., Shaun C. and Patrick W. all of Hopkinton; his mother, Joan M. (Lannan) McGovern of Boylston; four siblings, Mary L. McDonald and her husband Thomas D. of Hudson, Ann M. Guerard and her companion Paul Dansereau of Charlton, Brian F. McGovern and his wife Ellen J. of Shrewsbury and Maureen F. Sawyer and her husband Robert of Hudson; 14 nieces and nephews and 3 grand nieces and 2 grand nephews. A brother, William F. McGovern, III and a sister, Ellen M. McGovern predeceased him.

Invitational Applications for 2012 Boston Marathon To Be Distributed Via Lottery

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In accordance with Section 2 of the Hopkinton Marathon Policy, the Board of Selectmen will distribute invitational applications for the upcoming 2012 Boston Marathon in the following manner:

The BAA has provided the Town of Hopkinton with 45 invitational applications for the 2012 race. Of those 45 invitational applications, 14 will be distributed directly to the Hopkinton Police Department; four will be distributed to the Hopkinton Fire Department; five to the Marathon Committee; four to the Senior Center; and one to the Hopkinton Historical Society.


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