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Video Segment: Rick and Dick Hoyt Visit Elmwood School

Rick and his Father Dick Hoyt told their story at Elmwood School. The father and son are well known for competing in the Boston Marathon in addition to other marathons, triathalons and athletic competitions. At birth Rick Hoyt was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy but that has not stopped the father and son from competing in over 1000 athletic events and they are a prime example showing that anything is possible. This year they brought their message to Elmwood School of Yes you can.

HCAM News talked with Rick's Father Dick Hoyt: "When Rick was born, they didn't want us going to restaurants, they didn't want him going to school, they didn't want us competing in the Boston Marathon or road races and now we are wanted all over the world." Dick Hoyt talked about a number of trips to various countries the Father and Son will be doing to help grow team Hoyt throughout the world. Team Hoyt will soon be heading to Italy as well as a race in New Bedford. Dick mentioned in addition to the Team Hoyt in New England a Team Hoyt has been started in many other states and countries including Virginia, San Diego, Canada and soon will be started in Japan.

Rick and Dick Hoyt have competed in over 1,000 athletic competitions and will continue to participate in more. At the age of 75, Dick mentioned he will be taking a break from Marathons but Rick will still compete in this years Boston Marathon with a family friend and Dentist from Billerica Bryan Lyons.

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Video Segment: Selectmen Honor Louie Mongiat who Retired After 46 Years of Service

Article Contributed by Water-Sewer Manager Eric Carty:
Jean Scarlata, who retired this past fall, was on hand as the Selectman honored, Louie Mongiat, who retired after 46 years of service to the town. Louie started with the Highway Department in 1968. He moved over to the water department and also was on call for emergencies for the sewer department. Louie also worked many years as an on call Fire Fighter. He truly embodied the spirit of helping out any and all departments and any citizen he encountered. He was a member of the Marathon Committee and was a prominent figure involved in the painting of the starting line each year. Louie took over the duties of his late friend, Cookie Kumlin, and made sure the Dough Boy Statue and the war veterans memorials were taken care of each year. Louie is best known as the guy who ”Knows where everything is”. If you need to know where a pipe is buried, where a drain discharges to, or where a rarely used spare part was, you asked. Louie and he always knew.

His Co-Workers wished him the best of luck and his union members presented him with custom DPW jacket. Louie plans to remain active in his bowling league and he still stops by to visit at the Wood Street garage.

Play Mini Golf in the Library March 13 and March 14!

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Hopkinton Public Library will once again be transformed into an indoor miniature golf course, open on Friday, March 13, from 2 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per round at the door with all proceeds benefiting the restoration, renovation and expansion of the Library.

CSA Raffle to Support the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library

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Make a donation to the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library at the library and be eligible for a drawing on April 22 to win a bi-weekly share of local organic produce from Hopkinton's Long Life Farm.

Suggested donation: $10 for one entry, $25 for three.

Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library.

Hopkinton Middle School Principal Warns of Inappropriate Use of Social Media

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Principal of Hopkinton Middle School Alan Keller recently sent the below letter to all Middle School Parents due to issues that have come up with 8th grade students;

"Dear Grade 8 Parents:

Women in Islam at the Hopkinton Public Library

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Popular media often presents Islam through the lens of five second sound bites and cookie cutter images, overlooking the dynamic pluralism that shapes Muslim communities. This presentation will focus on the diversity of women's experiences in Muslim Communities in America. Join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 PM to learn more about Women in Islam.

Golden Pond Assisted Living Employment Fair

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Come join the Golden Pond team! We are hosting an Employment Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. We are looking for passionate, dedicated and dependable employees to work in our Assisted Living Community in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. We will be performing immediate interviews at the Fair. All potential applicants should bring their resume, social security card and photo identification. For the safety of our residents, we perform Cori background checks.

Positions Available:

Richard Francis Keough, 67

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Richard Francis Keough, 67, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Martha J. (Miller) and James R. Keough. He was the husband of the late Jacqueline L. (Brunetta) Keough who passed away in 2003.

Rick was a Navy Veteran of Vietnam serving on the USS Sierra. He was a member of the Hopkinton Auxiliary Police for 34 years and was a Boy Scout Leader.

Play Mini Golf in the Library March 13 and March 14!

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Hopkinton Public Library will once again be transformed into an indoor miniature golf course, open on Friday, March 13, from 2 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per round at the door with all proceeds benefiting the restoration, renovation and expansion of the Library.

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Video Segment: Local Veterans Honored During 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Just Over 70 years ago on February 19th 1945, 30,000 US Marines landed on the island of IWO Jima an island of the Japanese volcano Islands with an approximate area of about 8 square miles and positioned south of Tokyo. The goal of the Marine invasion known as Operation detachment was to capture airfields on the island in order to attack Japanese mainland. The Imperial Japanese Army positioned themselves in heavily fortified bunkers with heavy artiliery gunning down U.S. Marines as they pushed forward onto the island. U.S. Marines had little cover as they advanced on the island and thousands were wounded or killed in the first few days of the battle.

Over 70,000 Americans were used to capture Iwo Jima against roughly 23,000 Japanese, with most Japanese refusing anything less than fighting to the death.It would not be until March 26, 1945 the island would be secured by U.S. marines and in the 36 day long battle, American loses included over 6000 killed and over 17,000 wounded. Iwo Jima was the only battle by the U.S. Marine Corps in which American casulaties exceeded the Japanese.

27 U.S. military personnel were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle of Iwo Jima, Of the 27 medals awarded, 22 were presented to Marines and five were presented to United States Navy sailors, four of whom were hospital corpsmen attached to Marine infantry units; this was 28 percent of the 82 Medals of Honor awarded to Marines in the entirety of World War II in the Pacific.

Several local survivors of the Battle of IWO Jima were honored at the state house in Boston. A few veterans from Hopkinton were also in attendence
Rob Phipps son of Iwo Jima survivor Paul M. Phipps; Hank Allessio US Army Signal Corps veteran; Mike Whalen - Marine veteran, communications; Pat Lynch - Marine veteran, Korean conflict; Bob Lavoie - Marine veteran and survivor of Iwo Jima and the Frozen Chosin; Ed O'Leary - US Army veteran artillery/mortars; and, Adam Lavoie son of Iwo Jima survivor Bob Lavoie.

Photo in this story was taken during the battle by Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal. The image is the most famous image from the Battle of Iwo Jima and was used to sculpt a memorial to the Iwo Jima Veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington D.C.

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