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Hopkinton artisans open their homes April 30

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Whitehall Artisans invite the public to tour their home studios, all located in Hopkinton around picturesque Lake Whitehall, on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to their individual studios will be able to view the artists’ works, see how they are made, ask questions and purchase original pieces.

Message from the Town Clerks Office: Annual Town Meeting 2016

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At the March 1, 2016 Presidential Primary election, it came to my attention that Parking was an issue. I would like to remind voters of the different entrances for Town Meeting and Town Election.

HHS Low Level Threat - 4-11-16

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At 8:18 this morning, April 11th Hopkinton High School received a non-specific bomb threat by “robo” call.  The Crisis Response Team was immediately convened to perform a risk assessment, and it was quickly determined to be a low level threat.   The shelter in place protocol was therefore followed. 

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Video: Hopkinton Hillers Boys and Girls Spring 2016 Track Preview

In the first video HCAM news talked with Hillers Boys Head Coach, Chris Shea. Shea is entering his 22nd season with the Hillers. Captains Josh Normandeau, Jon DeYoung and Michael Cuthbert talked about the upcoming season and what they are hoping to accomplish this spring.

In the second video, HCAM news talked with Hillers Girls Head Coach, Brian Hall. Hall is entering his 11th season with the Hillers, 10th as Head Coach. Captains Jackie Barnes, Taylor Velazquez and Isabelle Giordano talked about the upcoming season.

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Video: Board of Selectmen Meeting 4-5-2016

Here are the actions taken at the April 5th, 2016 Board of Selectmen Meeting. You can view the full meeting below and find more information HERE

ii. PARADE PERMITS (ACTION)
The Board of Selectmen will consider the following parade permits:
1. Proponent : Ilana Casady for Enter Stage Left5K Halloween Fun Run
2. Starting Point : Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Ending Point : Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Date & time : Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Street Closings: None

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen approved the Parade permit for Ilana Casady for Enter Stage Left 5K
Halloween Fun Run on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Approved (50).

iii. BOARD APPOINTMENTS (ACTION)
The Board of Selectmen will consider affirming the Town Manager’s appointment of Claire Wright as the town’s representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen affirmed the Town Manager’s appointment of Claire Wright as the
Town’s representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Approved (50).

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen issued proclamations to the following Eagle Scouts of Troop 1: Liam Busconi, Jack Dionne, Roderick Landreth; Troop 4 Connor Murchie, Michael McCabe and Daniel Palleiko; and to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients of Troop 73798 Julia Altman and Emma Dionne.

Approved (5-0).

POSTED PUBLIC HEARING: STREET ACCEPTANCE (ACTION)
6. The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing to consider accepting the following
streets recommended by the Planning Board as public ways:
Connelly Hill Road
Valleywood Road
Nancy Lane
Carol Ann Drive
Kerry Lane

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen recommend acceptance of the following streets as public ways at the Annual Town Meeting, as recommended by the Planning Board: Connelly Hill Road, Valleywood Road, Nancy Lane, Carol Anne Drive, Kerry Lane. Approved (50).

POSTED PUBLIC HEARING: DISCONTINUANCE OF PORTIONS OF FRANKLAND ROAD
7. AND PEACH STREET (ACTION)
The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed discontinuance of Peach Street and portions of Frankland Road.

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen recommend the discontinuance of Peach Street and portions of Frankland Road as public ways at the Annual Town Meeting. Approved (50).

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen signed the 2016 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Approved (50).

FIRE CHIEF (DISCUSSION/ACTION)
9. The Board of Selectmen will review the performance of Acting Chief Steve Slaman and consider his appointment as the Town’s fulltime
Fire Chief.

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen appointed Steve Slaman as the Town’s fulltime Fire Chief. Approved (50).

ADOPTION OF VERIZON RENEWAL LICENSE RFP (ACTION)
10. The Board of Selectmen, as the Town’s Cable Licensing Authority, will consider authorizing Town Manager to issue RFP to exercise the Town’s rights to require Verizon a written proposal.

ACTION : Continued to next meeting.

HOPKINTON WINE AND SPIRITS: REPORTED ADMINISTRATIVE VIOLATION (ACTION)
11. The Board of Selectmen will review incident report filed by Hopkinton Police Department alleging an administrative violation at Hopkinton Wine and Spirits, namely, selling alcohol to an intoxicated person.

ACTION : The Board of Selectmen voted to schedule a public hearing at the next Board of Selectmen
Meeting on April 26, 2016. Approved (50).

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT
13. Woodville Rod and Gun Club request to hold Fishing Derby at Pratt Farm Pond: Board of Selectmen will consider a request by Woodville Rod and Gun Club to hold a fishing derby at the Pratt Farm Pond on May 7, 2016. The club has agreed to the Park and Recreation Commission condition that a sign be placed in front of the Woodville Rod & Gun Club announcing the event and that it is open to the public.

ACTION: The Board of Selectmen authorized the Woodville Rod and Gun Club to hold a fish derby at
the Pratt Farm Pond on May 7, 2016 providing the necessary certificate of liability forms are in place.

Town of Hopkinton Seeks Full Time Administrative Manager for Police Department

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Under the direct supervision of the Police Chief, the Administrative Manager will provide administrative support to the Police Department.

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Video: Hopkinton High School March 2016 Talent Show Highlights

Hopkinton High School hosted their annual spring talent show. The event featured a lot great talent and memorable performances. The winner of the event was Jack Cote and Friends who had an amazing performance of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Queen's "Somebody to Love" .

In the first video, get a glimpse at several of the acts in the talent show, in the 2nd video, view the winning performance that blew the crowd away!

Acts Included:
Riley Myers (National Anthem)
Cara Papagni
Camilla Schemmel and Nalin Storm
Abbey Kelley-Lanser
Lauren Tompkins
Young Wang and Matt Dempsey
Julia Lotvin and Ben Fargiano
Nick Cassista
Emma Zent
Bella Komodromos and Julia Lotvin
Maia Guelfi
Austin Schofield
Jon Katz Band
Escape
The Weathermen
Jack Cote & Friends

Hopkinton Police Seek Assistance in Preventing Crime

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The Hopkinton Police Department is asking community members to take an active role in helping us prevent crime. Unfortunately, our community has been targeted by organized thieves who target vehicles in parking lots. Aside from these thieves most of the property stolen in town is the result of crimes of opportunity involving unlocked cars and homes. We are asking everyone to partner with us to prevent property crimes.

Don’t make your valuables an easy target!

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Video: Selectmen Promote Stephen Slaman to Permanent Fire Chief

The Board of Selectmen reviewed Fire Chief Stephen Slaman. Slaman has served as active Fire Chief since Chief Ken Clark retired at the end of 2015.

Slaman was one of the final 2 candidates in the initial search process for a new Fire Chief, after the other candidate, current Framingham Chief, Gary Daugherty dropped his candidacy just prior to a selectmen meeting in December. Selectmen decided to reopen the search process while appointing Slaman as interim chief.

Many residents disagreed with decision and felt it was unfair to Slaman to not give him the position permanently. The board readdressed the Fire Chief position at the January 5th meeting and decided to appoint Slaman as Fire Chief until the final day in March and in the meantime decide if the search process should be reopened.

At the April 5th meeting, Selectmen expressed satisfaction with what they saw during Stephen Slaman's time as Fire chief.

View the video segment below for more.

The Harlem Wizards are Back!

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The Harlem Wizards are back at Hopkinton High School on Sunday, April 10 to play against the Hopkinton Public Schools staff! Doors open at 1:00 PM and the game is at 2:00 PM. Tickets bought in advance here are $12 for students and $15 for general admission, tickets at the door are $15 for students and $18 for general admission, and courtside plus tickets are $30.

For more information, click here. Part of the proceeds go to the HPTA.

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