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Spilka Endorsed by Three Additional Local Laborers' Unions

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Three more Laborers’ International locals have enthusiastically endorsed Karen Spilka for Congress. Karen has earned their support because she is a proven fighter for the middle class. The endorsing locals are 380 from Cambridge, 1156 from Framingham and 1116 from Natick and they represent thousands of working families across Massachusetts.

Curbside Calendar from E.L. Harvey Now Available

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Hot off the presses from E.L. Harvey, the much requested 2013-2015 Curbside Calendar is finally here. Calendar is attached below.

2 Spots Left for Firefighter Camp

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In coalition with the Ashland Fire Department and the Board of Selectmen, Camp
Bailout Summer Program will be held, for the third consecutive year, August 5th
through the 9th.
Camp Bailout is a week long program designed to educate young women on
firefighting and emergency service skills, in a dynamic and fun environment. The
week long curriculum is interactive and physically challenging, where the girls will
gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills.

Town Manager Invites Residents to Take On-line Survey

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The Town of Hopkinton is inviting town residents to take part in the 2013 Citizen Survey online. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below. Your feedback will help the Town set the benchmarks for tracking services to residents and will assist the Board of Selectmen in setting the priorities and decisions before our community. You may complete the online survey here:

Project Just Because Christmas in July Fundraiser on July 25

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Project Just Because will hold its 2nd Annual Christmas in July fundraiser and silent auction on Thursday, July 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at their company headquarters located at 86 South Street, Hokinton, MA.

With 90 percent of their donations coming in November and December, the event is an effort to increase donations over the summer and throughout other months to provide funding that is needed now.

Roadwork Notice Update

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Due to contractors scheduling conflicts our pavement management roadwork schedule has changed to the following start dates.

7/25/13 - Huckleberry Rd – Fruit St (East) to 1500’ South of Fruit St (East).

7/26/13 - Colonnade Dr – Fruit St to Roosevelt Rd.

7/26/13 - North St – Fruit St to 2180’ West of Fruit St.

One lane of traffic will open on Huckleberry Rd and North St during work working hours. Work hours will be 7am – 5pm.

Colonnade Dr will be closed during working hours. Traffic will enter and exit the subdivision by using Roosevelt Rd.

UFCW Local 1445 Endorses Spilka for Congress

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Representing over 15,000 food and commercial workers and their families, UFCW Local 1445 endorsed Karen Spilka for Congress because of her strong record of fighting for the middle class.

“Karen has never backed down from the tough challenges and we know we can count on her to always be on our side,” said Jim Carvalho, Political Director of Local 1445. “She leads with incredible determination, always finding ways to help bring jobs to our region and grow our economy. She is exactly what we need in Congress, a fighter who stands up for working families.”

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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