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Editorial: Supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee

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My name is Troy Mick and I am writing in support of Jean Bertschmann for School Committee. I had the honor of working closely with Jean when we joined the school committee together 6 years ago, and I continue to be impressed with the amount of time and energy Jean gives to the schools both as a School Committee member and as a general volunteer to many other town committees.

Hillers Plunder Raiders 4-1

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Hiller Girls Varsity Tennis Team hosted a 4-1 victory against the Raiders from Wellesley.

Steph Pearson and Devon LaMachia teamed up at 2nd Doubles and won quickly by a score of 6-2, 6-0. Next off the court was #1 Singles player Olivia Anderson (6-4, 6-2) followed by #2 Singles player Zoe Komodromos (6-3, 6-0). Elisabeth Cooperman won the 4th point at #3 Singles (6-2, 6-1) in a match characterized by very long rallies.

Hillers remain 11-0, 8-0 in the Tri-Valley League. The Ladies will pack their gear and head to Millis on Monday for a league match up.

John Joseph Mullins, 80

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John Mullins passed away May 5, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents John Mullins, Sr., Edna Mullins and brother David Mullins. He was the oldest of four children and is survived by his sisters Eunice Inman, and Kathleen Harrell.

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HCAM Insider for the Week of May 11

Do you want to know all about the new programming coming up on HCAM? Then watch our HCAM Insider! You'll get all of the air dates and times for the first runs of these programs.

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Video: Hillers Softball beat top seeded Norton 6-0, Hulme strikes out 18

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Softball 5/4/2015
Hopkinton (9-1) defeats Norton (8-1) 6-0

W.P. Juliet Hulme (4-0) L.P. Kelly Nelson (8-1)

Hop: Juliet Hulme – 18 K’s
Hop: Kayla Sullivan (1-2) HR, 2RBI
Hop: Lindsay Whittles (1-3) 2RBI
Hop: Hanna Engstrom (2-4) 2 Runs

Top 1st - Juliet Hulme Strikes out the Side
Bottom 1st - Kayla Sullivan HR scores Hanna Engstrom (2-0 Hillers)
Top 2nd - Juliet Hume Strikes out the Side
Top 3rd - Juliet Hulme Strikes out the Side
Top 4th - Juliet Hulme Strikes out 4 (1 reached on passed ball)
Top 5th - Juliet Hulme Strikes out 3 (1 reached on passed ball)
Bottom 5th - Lindsay Whittles RBI Sac Fly scores Maille Bennett (3-0 Hillers)
Top 6th - Juliet Hulme Strikes out 1
Bottom 6th - Hanna Engstrom 2 RBI Single scores Hulme and Comeau (5-0 Hillers), Lindsay Whittles RBI Single scores Engstrom (6-0 Hillers)
Top 7th - Hulme Strikes out 1

Hopkinton Hillers score 6 runs on 7 hits and had 3 errors
Norton Lancers score 0 runs on 2 hits and had 3 errors

Watch Highlights Below, including all 18 Hulme strikeouts and Hillers runs

On Wednesday May 9th the Hillers took down Holliston on the road 7-1 to improve to 10 and 1 on the season

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Legacy Farms Age Restricted Housing Plan Passes by 1 Vote

In the case of Article 30 on Day 3 of the Hopkinton Town Meeting, every single vote counted. Article 30 (Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to replace 200,000 sq. ft of commercial with 180 restricted units) or as many refer to as OSMUD featured about an hour and a half debate, 2 standing counts to end debate and 3 more standing counts to conclude the vote. It required a 2/3rd majority vote to allow Legacy Farms to convert 200,000 sq ft. (approx 20 acres) of commercial space to 180 age restricted housing units on the north side of Legacy Farms and by one single vote, the article passed.

It took 3 standing counts to get to the final tally. It failed the required 2/3rd majority in the 1st count with 82 against, 157 for, than a 2nd count took place and Article 30 passed with 166 for and 82 against but then a 3rd count was requested and resulted with 171 for and 85 against, the Article passed by one single vote (perhaps setting a town meeting record??).

The attractions to the proposed article included the fact if children lived in the housing units, the homeowners association would have to pay the town $9,000 per child, if they attend Hopkinton Public Schools. $1,860,000 is going to be paid towards improvements to the town ($750,000 toward town-wide trail network, $750,000 towards downtown, $360,000 to public safety) and $1,500,000 annually paid to the town. Roger MacDowell of Legacy Farms also presented there would be around an 80% reduction in traffic.

Chair of the Hopkinton youth commission, Hopkinton native and teacher Margie Wiggin liked the fact it would cut down on industry and bring more income to the town. Resident Connie Wright, thought the location made more sense for a residential property over commercial, she asked; "why would we put a commercial development near our state park and far away from major roads."

The most common consensus of the naysayers to the article were that the commercial space would be more beneficial, the towns water system could not handle the residential growth and the location could be dangerous with gas tanks near by. "This seems to be changing the will of what we approved with years of planning and debate." said one resident against the article. Resident Wendy Zimmerman stated; "It's within the blast zone of the gas tanks, i'm not really fond of putting a home there, I would rather put a business there that is vacant 12 hours a day." Zimmerman also wasn't comfortable with the density, (approximately 9 homes an acre) "we can't support that density, we are not on the Quabbin reservoir, all of our water comes from wells, public and private."

To see highlights of the debate watch the 1st video.

To see a humorous opposition to the article watch the 2nd video.

Sky's the Limit Courtyard Brick Order DEADLINE: Friday, May 15th

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The deadline to order an engraved brick to be placed in The Sky's the Limit Courtyard is Friday, May 15th! This is your chance to leave a lasting memory of your child's time at HMS or to honor a special teacher.

Work on the final phase of the Courtyard will begin in July for a Fall 2015 Grand Opening. In addition, Leadership Gifts of $1,000 and up will be recognized on a permanent plaque in the Courtyard.

Brick orders can be placed online or delivered to the HMS Main Office at 88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Department of Public Works releases Roads to be worked on this Summer

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As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2014 season and hope to continue that in 2015 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money in the most effective way.

Poetry Writing: All Levels Welcome!

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Our last poetry writing workshop was so much fun, we'll be offering two more! On Wednesday, May 27 and Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM, local poet Polly Brown will lead workshops at the Hopkinton Public Library. The writing of poetry is both playful and serious: a way of using language to sneak up on what you know about the world and yourself in it - and then give that away, adding to what the world knows about itself. We'll try out some strategies for getting started, and some ways of getting and giving support. You'll walk away with rough drafts and new ideas.

History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall

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As part of Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Celebration, a glimpse into the History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall will be presented by the Friends of Whitehall at the Hopkinton Historical Society on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM.

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