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Lori Nickerson Talks School Committee Campaign

Lori Nickerson and her family moved to Hopkinton in 2012 with the desire for a tight knit community with excellent schools for her 6 year old, 3.5 year old and 11 month old. Lori explained she found exactly what she was looking for: "I love the community, I love the passion in the community, we moved here 2 years ago, looking for a tight knit community...It was great education and excellent schools...but on top of the fact, that the community has been so welcoming, I just felt the need to give back that passion to the community, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity for me to provide my assistance and my skills on the education side...especially because education has always been so important to me ".

Lori believes her variety of business experience will be a great benefit to the school committee, she explained her skillset in her nomination announcement: "I have over 12 years of legal and business experience working as a Senior Corporate Counsel for multiple public companies. As a legal advisor and business partner to my clients, I work within tight budgetary and legal constraints to achieve successful outcomes for my company’s stockholders. Similarly, the School Committee must act on behalf of all Hopkinton citizens to evaluate the schools’ administrators, provide sound financial planning, process improvement and innovation. My experience, coupled with my passion to keep Hopkinton’s schools strong, will help me bring new ideas and solutions to the School Committee in order to achieve their goal of finalizing a sound Strategic Plan".

Lori explained what she would like to do if elected to the School Committee: "As a member of the School Committee, my primary goals will be: 1) to finalize the Strategic Plan; 2) improve upon and align the budget process with the Strategic Plan; and 3) foster an environment of innovative problem-solving in order to ensure fiscal management and delivery of the best educational programs for all grade levels."

"The citizens of Hopkinton have a passion for the schools as well as for the town overall. I share that passion and I would consider it a privilege to serve on the School Committee to help ensure that each and every child continues to receive the type of education that makes our schools a model for other towns. I respectfully ask for your vote on May 19th." - Lori Nickerson

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Elmwood School features Artist-in-Residence

Music plays a special part someway in nearly everyone's life. This week at Elmwood School, kids got a taste of just how fun it can be to make music, as Tony Vacca was the Artist-in-Residence at Elmwood School. Tony is known for his worldly rhythms and American percussion. In the first of three workshops at Elmwood, he showed and let students play a wide array of instruments.

"The idea is sort of two-fold I guess, one is the sense of team work in the music and what the music teaches us....You heard me saying to them, either we work together or we fall apart..the other side of it, is to dig deeper...we're going to look at the math of the rhythm, look at the science of the sound." Tony also talked about how instrumentation formed across the world has come together, in much of the music we hear today. "What we're honestly practicing, is a kind of global citizenship, we're saying we are connected." The children had a look of joy as they had the chance to play many of the instruments. "I think their enthusiasm is, wait a minute, we get to play for a change, we're not just watching the film or seeing people in the band, we're in the band...what I'm teaching them, it's applicable in math class, its applicable in science and obviously applicable in music, so it's that reclamation of music, as an all around developer of mind and body".

The children and some of the teachers got involved and showed excitement, many students were quick to volunteer to play the various forms of percussion instruments. Tony will be back at the school for 2 more workshops; April 8th, April 9th and May 13, May 14th, leading up to an evening performance by Tony and some of the students on May 15th for "Family Musical Heritage Night".

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Desire to Inspire at the Hopkinton Public Library

As part of the "26.2 Desire to Inspire" program, children, students and adults decorated a running shoe cutout at the Hopkinton Public Library and declared their inspiration. Artist Carrie Malandrino provided materials for participants to unleash their creativity. The event was a success, bringing people from all age groups together to enjoy a relaxing art project and express gratitude for someone or something that has served as a positive influence in life.

"The Program is in the spirit of the marathon, weather you run or not you can be a part of it." "It's for the younger and older kids and it's around the Desire to Inspire, which is the theme of the 26.2 marathon, and I think everyone has an inspiration, whether it comes from a person or place they think is beautiful or this is something they can personalize." "Basically they color in a sneaker, they can make it with shoelaces...Above, it say's my desire to inspire comes from my _____ and then they fill in the blank, so it's kind of personal and makes it a lot more involved...It's a fun project, it's kind of therapeutic too actually." -Carrie Malandrino

Artist Carrie Malandrino recently moved to Massachusetts from New York and brought along her library art programs. The "26.2 Desire to Inspire" was her first program in the Bay State: "This program being my first one here, was a great opportunity around the Marathon, which is a huge deal, it's been going on for over 100 years...I think it has a lot more meaning, especially after the tragedy of last year. People shouldn't forget, but I think keep it in their hearts, and I think this is one of the ways that enables them to do that."

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Lori Nickerson to run for School Committee

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My name is Lori Nickerson, and I am running for School Committee. My husband, Rob, and I moved to Hopkinton in June of 2012 with the desire for a tight knit community with excellent schools. As parents of three young children (ages 6, 3.5 and 11 months), we could not be happier with our decision and are deeply invested in both the community and the continued success of the school system.

Ali Balster & Mara Power Raising Funds for Friends of Hopkinton SPEAC

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What makes these women special? Well, for starters, they’re both Moms and they are raising money for special education. The two have been training and fundraising for the past several months. Not an easy task considering the harsh winter and taking care of their (combined) five young children (ages 2-8).

It’s wonderful to see these women working together as a team, rather than two individual runners.

Elmwood School Evacuation for Gas Odor

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This morning at approximately 7:45 a.m., several staff members reported to the Elmwood School main office that an odor of gas was detected outside of the school building in the parking lot. To insure the safety of our students and staff members, everyone was immediately evacuated to the Elmwood gymnasium right from their school buses and parent drop-off, where no odor was present.

Be Aware, Runners are everywhere

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As we approach the Boston Marathon, runners are training on streets and running surfaces throughout the world. The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and the 26.2 Foundation, with help from the Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Commission, have made an extra effort to promote runners’ safety. To accomplish this, they will fund signs to be placed throughout the community to remind drivers that with the marathon close by there will be extra runners on the roadways.

Planning Board Discusses Medical Marijuana Bylaw

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A medical marijuana bylaw was refined by the Planning Board during their Tuesday, March 11 meeting to discuss articles for the upcoming Town Meeting warrant. The bylaw will restrict where in Hopkinton a medical marijuana dispensary can be built should the town be picked to host such a facility.

Write Letters, Notes to Your Teen for Better Understanding

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Sometimes, the best way to talk to your teen is to write to her. Writing allows you time to find just the right words. It also gives your teen time to read, think about your note and respond when she is ready.

Other benefits of writing to your teen include:

Hopkinton Ranked 5th Safest Place to Live in the State!

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The Movoto Real Estate Research Site looked at every place in Massachusetts with 10,000 or more people, and out of the 168 places they determined that Hopkinton was the 5th safest place to live in the state! The three categories looked at were violent crime, property crime and the chance a resident will be the victim of a crime.


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