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Video: HCAM News 1-15-2016

On this edition of HCAM News, the retiring town treasurer Maureen Dwinnell was honored and congratulated by many former co-workers, we will take you inside the new temporary Hopkinton Public Library and Hillers hockey continued a winning stretch but first is some happenings in Hopkinton you should know about.

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Video: Board of Selectmen Meeting 1-19-2016

Here are the actions taken at the January 19, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting. You can view the full meeting below and find more information HERE.

The Board will consider accepting the following public session minutes:
6/23/15; 7/14/15; 8/11/15; 8/31/15; 9/11/15; 9/15/15; 9/22/15.
The Board accepted the public session minutes for 06/23/15; 07/14/15; 08/11/15/08/31/15;
09/11/15; 09/22/15. (4-0).

The Board will consider the following parade permits:

1. Proponent: Live4Evan, Starting Point: EMC Park, Ending Point: Loop Road, Date & time: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Street Closings: none, Supporting Exhibits: Application & Permitting Team Comments.
The Board approved the Parade Permit for Live4Evan. (4-0)

2. Proponent: Max Performance, Tim Richmond: Starting Point: Hopkinton State Park, Ending Point: Hopkinton State Park
Date & time: 2 dates - May 15, 2016 and September 11, 2016. Street Closings: none
Supporting Exhibits: Application & Permitting Team Comments.

The Board approved the Parade Permits for Max Performance on two dates, May 15, 2016 and September 11, 2016. (4-0)

The Board will consider approving a one day liquor license request from the HPTA for a Chili Cookoff to be held at St. John’s on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 6:30 - 9:30p.m. They are requesting a Malt & Wine one day liquor license. Supporting Exhibits: Application & Permitting Team Comments.

The Board approved the One Day Liquor License for the HPTA Chili Cookoff on Saturday, January 30,
2016. (4-0).

iv. Board resignation: the Board will consider accepting Bob Levenson’s resignation from the Personnel Committee.

Supporting Exhibits: Bob Levenson resignation email.
The Board approved the resignation of Bob Levenson from the Personnel Committee. (4-0).

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4. The Board will consider appointing candidates to the Group:
1. Three At-Large Candidates.

Supporting Exhibits: Irvine Todaro Advisory Group Charge;
Members already appointed; Candidates for At-Large seats.

The Board appointed At-Large Members Donna McKenna, Patrick Sansonetti and Alton Chen to the
Irvine-Todaro Properties Advisory Group. (4-0).

5. 1. Town Manager contract: The Board will consider approving the Town Manager’s contract.

The Chair of the Board of Selectmen continued Town Manager’s contract to the next meeting
because a full Board was not present.

2. Police Department Sergeants: The Board will consider promoting Aaron O’Neill and Matthew McNeil as new Sergeants of the Hopkinton Police Department per Chief Edward Lee’s recommendation.

The Board appointed Aaron O’Neill and Mathew McNeil as new Sergeants of the Hopkinton Police
Department (4-0)

3. The Board will consider appointing Matthew Santoro as the department’s newest Police Officer.

The Board appointed Matthew Santoro as Police Officer. (4-0).

4. Special Officer: The Board will consider appointing Lt. Chuck Wallace as a Special Officer for a three-year term to expire on January 19, 2019. Supporting Exhibit: List of Special Officers.

The Board appointed Lt. Chuck Wallace as a Special Officer for a three-year term to expire on January 19, 2019. (5-0).

6. The Board will review hours of operation policy for restaurants and related establishments and then consider approving (9) licensee requests for a change in hours or other aspects of their licenses.

Supporting Exhibits: staff memo on service hours; List of current and 2016 Requested Service Hours; MGL Hour of Service Regulation. Discussion continued to February 2, 2016.

3. DPW, Police, Dispatch Union Contract approval (ACTION)
The Board approved the DPW, Police, Dispatch Union Contracts. (5-0)

Lamb Promises To Support Reinstating Federation Of Republican Women

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Lamb Will Encourage more Outreach Groups not less

Holliston, MA ...Today Marty Lamb, candidate for Republican State Committee, announced his support for reinstating the Massachusetts Federation of Republican Women charter.

Middlesex Grant Funds Support HCA Music Programming

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A Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grant of $10,000 to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) partially funded the hire of a part-time Music Program Director. In March, Erin LaPrad of Milford, MA, was hired to oversee music programming at the HCA. Since her hire, the HCA has seen an increase in the number of private music students, ages 6 to 65, by more than 30 percent to 150 participants in 2016.

The Town of Hopkinton seeks a Full Time Treasurer/Collector for its Finance Department

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Under the direction of the Finance Director the Treasurer/Collector provides professional administrative and supervisory work involving the collection, receipt, expenditure and custody of all municipal funds, the borrowing of money, and the custody of tax title properties. The principal will exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in the planning, administration, and execution of the department’s services; the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, and procedures, and in the direction of personnel.

Help Your Teen Get Better Organized

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Is your teenager a little disorganized? If so, she’s normal. She probably has more responsibilities than ever before, and juggling them can be difficult. Here are some ways you can help:

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Video: Hopkinton Police Promote Two, Welcome One

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the Hopkinton Police Department promotions of Officers Aaron O' Neil and Matthew McNeil to Sergeant. The Selectmen also unanimously approved the addition of Officer Matthew Santoro.

Sergeant, Aaron O' Neil is an Army Veteran who served as a Sergeant in the Military Corps. He was granted multiple medals for achievements in the Military. O' Neil graduated Westfield State with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently enrolled in a Masters Degree Program. Sergeant O' Neil has been with the Hopkinton Police Department for 17 years and has also served as a Bike Officer, Fire Arms Instructor and recently was appointed President of the Hopkinton Police Association. O'Neil also ran and completed the Boston Marathon as well as completed 6 unity tours in honor of fallen officers, riding his bike from New York to Washington D.C.

Sergeant, Matthew McNeil is a 16 year veteran of the Hopkinton Police Department. McNeil is also utilized as an EMT, Motorcycle Officer, Firearms Licensing Officer and specializes in fingerprinting, photography and is the Manager of cruiser camera operation. McNeil has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Sergeant McNeil has also been recognized as the M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) officer of the year multiple times in Hopkinton and Middlesex County.

New addition to the Hopkinton Police Department, Officer Matthew Santoro is a 23 year old Shrewsbury native. He graduated Umass-Amherst with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and received a certificate in Criminal Justice. Santoro entered the Boylston Police Academy in August 2015 and graduated this month.

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Video: HCAM News talks with Town Manager Norman Khumalo

HCAM News recently caught up with Town Manager, Norman Khumalo to talk about some happenings in town. We talked about 4 longtime Hopkinton town employees who retired this year; Fire Chief, Ken Clark (44 years working for the town) Police Lieutenant, Chuck Wallace (30 years working for the town), Town Clerk, Geri Holland (nearly 20 years working for the town) and Town Treasurer, Maureen Dwinnell (nearly 27 years working for the town).

I also asked the Town Manager about the Fire Chief situation, town meeting calendar and about some of the upcoming projects and tasks town hall will be working on. With town meeting and elections quickly approaching, Mr. Khumalo mentioned that the Town Meeting Warrant will be opening February 2nd and closing on March 3rd. The Town Manager encourages anyone who wants to put together an article to contact town hall and they would be happy to help.

Check out the interview below.

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Video: Board of Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko Makes Major Announcement

At the Tuesday January 19th Board of Selectmen Meeting, Chairman Ben Palleiko announced that he will not be running for re-election. Palleiko is currently serving the 3rd year of his 2nd term (6th year overall) on the Board.

Palleiko stated his reason for not seeking re-election; "In 10 years of service to the town and having spent almost half of my life in public service, I have decided to focus my time and energy on my family and other productive activities. I am making this announcement now because I would like to challenge a new generation in town to step forward and I want to leave plenty of time for those people to make their decision and to have a chance to present their vision to the voters,"

In his statement, Palleiko listed many accomplishments of the Board during his nearly 6 years as a member. Some of those accomplishments included successfully hiring a new Police Chief, gaining approval for a new Elementary School, Public Library and DPW facility as well as advancing revitalizing downtown and forming a multi-town collaboration group to defeat a proposed Milford casino.

Palleiko also stated several instances in which the Board successfully managed town finances; "during my tenure the accomplishments of this board include; protecting the towns financial state during the most significant economic crisis since the great depression without dramatic impacts on taxes, services or personnel." "Carefully controlled growth of the town operating budget, providing all residents with outstanding service at a reasonable cost, resulting in taxing residents cumulatively over 4 million dollars less than possible under our proposition 2 1/2 limit." "We executed one of the very few budget under-rides ever undertaking in the state of Massachusetts, guaranteeing for tax payers that an additional 1.25 million dollars in annual excess levy saved through our control of spending would not be reversed." "We designed and implemented a funding process to begin to address the towns substantial long-term pension and other benefits liabilities and thereby prevent a future fiscal crisis."

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The Healthiest Years of Your Life: Hopkinton Holistic Health Speaker Series

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Golden Pond Assisted Living is hosting a series of talks at 50 West Main Street in Hopkinton. Each talk takes place at 7:00 PM, and light snacks and beverages will be available at each talk.

February 4 - Natural Easy Weight Loss
Without torture diets or extreme exercise. Feel fantastic when you look in the mirror!
Dr. Geoff DeOauka offers scientifically proven methods to lose weight easily without starving, counting calories or extreme exercise. Make this the year you lose the weight.


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