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Video Segment: Special Town Meeting about Land at 203 Pond Street

On Wednesday Night (March 3rd) a special town meeting was held to vote on if the town can purchase a parcel of land, approximately 43 acres for open space preservation at 203 Pond Street. The total cost of the parcel would be $2,000,000. The special town meeting was held to meet the March 14th deadline to purchase the parcel. During the meeting it was calculated that the maximum tax impact for the typical household would be $29.98 per year on a 10 year bond should the town purchase the approximately 43 acres of land.

To start the town meeting, it was immediately voted and passed unanimously that the order of the Warrant be changed to start with Article 3: "203 Pond Street - Purchase of Land". In short the article would allow the town to purchase "Lots 1-12" at 203 Pond Street for $2,000,000. Article 3 covered 12 acres of the land, but the rest of the land would have been gifted to the town under Article 1, should Article 3 pass. Also at the beginning of discussion some time was taken to change some minor terminology in the Board of Selectmen proposal. The open discussion started with the Open Space Preservation Committee recommending approval followed by the Appropriations Committee and Capital Improvements not recommending the purchase. John Mosher presented the Board of Selectmen's approval for the purchase stating that the land provides unique and compelling attributes, provides connection and access and is consistent with a part of Hopkinton's vision statement; "Protect open spaces and natural resources, build upon the town’s history and cultural heritage, and treasure our beautiful and special places as they define our community identity and character".

Director of Land Protection for the Sudbury Valley Trustees Christa Collins, backed Mosher stating that the land; balances growth, links existing conservation lands, would be ideal for walkers, hikers and bikers and is in close proximity to sensitive natural habitats. The Sudbury Valley Trustee representative also mentioned that the 203 Pond Street land sits between 1,357 acres of the Upton State Forest and 815 acres of the Whitehall State Park. David Goldman of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust backed the purchase stating the land would provide 800 feet or more of connectivity and if not purchased the connectivity would be limited to 50 feet between Upton State Forest and Whitehall State Park.

Ken Weismantel of the planning board stated that the land was the best open space subdivision development he has seen during his time with the planning board. Weismantel stated $2 million was very high for open space and $15,000-$25,000 per acre is the typical cost spent for open space land. Weismantel has also proposed plans that cut down on the amount of land the town should purchase at 203 Pond Street. The Community Preservation Committee also voted against using CPC funds to purchase the land. Ron Clark of the Community Preservation Committee recommended no vote because of other community needs such as new school, library and DPW needs. Clark also stated that there are other connections to Upton State Forest without the land and the town should spend more on people rather than historic preservation. "We really have more pressing opportunities for money in Hopkinton." Clark also agreed that if the town was going to purchase any land at 203 Pond Street, they should scale down the purchase to 1 or 2 lots. Frank D'Urso of the Planning Board stated the town should consider other options than town funds for the purchase. Former planning board member Sandy Altamura talked about her frustrations of the topic due to the fact the town did not consider purchasing an earlier proposal of 240 acres on Lumber Street for $2 million and was opposed stating the town can't afford 2 million for 12 house lots.

Article 3: Land Purchase - 203 Pond Street was called to a standing vote and failed the 2/3rd majority requirement with 113 voting against the purchase and 152 in favor. Following a motion for no action on Article 1: Gift of Land - 203 Pond Street and Article 2: Gift of Land - 22 School Street passed unanimously.

If the town did not purchase the land, owners of the land John Coolidge and Ann Richards plan to sell to Canton based developer "Diamond Building Inc," which plans to build a 12 home subdivision, Michael Manning, Chair of the Appropriations Committee estimated the town revenue would be approximately $180,000 per year if 12 housing units were built on the land. Manning also stated 12 units of housing would likely be revenue neutral to the town. The other 32 acres of land will likely remain as open space regardless.

High School Student Artists Work will be on Display at the Center for the Arts

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Selected Students from Hopkinton High School will be putting on an Art Show at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Exhibit Dates- April 6 to 24, 2015

Installation- Thurs, April 2 and Fri, April 3, (2-4pm each day)

Opening Reception- Tuesday, April 7, 6-7pm

Take down Artwork- Mon, April 27 - Wed, April 29 (2-3pm each day)

Featured Student Artists:

Annie Dumas

Victoria Feng

Lauren Hazzard

Chryssanthi Barris

Max Charteris

Mia Coutinho

Maggie Siegfried

Emily Joyce

Maddie Juffras

St. Patty's at the Senior Center

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It’s time for the “wearing of the green” and a traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Date: Tuesday, March 17 at 12 noon
Menu: Boiled dinner with choice of corned beef or ham, cabbage, potato, carrots and Irish soda bread. Dessert and coffee.

Entertainment: Glenshane – a return performance which mixes humorous stories and a heaping helping of Irish songs and sing-a-longs.

Cost: $10 (Dinner and Entertainment)

Sign up at the Senior Center by Friday, March 13. Call 508-497-9730.

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Video Segment: Golden Spoon Closed Temporarily

The Golden Spoon in Hopkinton started as a coffee shop in 1981 before turning into a full restaurant 14 years ago. The Golden Spoon has become a Sunday morning tradition for many local residents but as owner Bill Morgan said the Golden Spoon isn't saying goodbye they're saying see you later. The restaurant will open again in about 6 months at a new location.

Owner Bill Morgan talked to HCAM News; "We considered ourselves fortunate to have a longtime staff, longtime regular customers, we loved getting to meet and know everybody, that's been the best part of the business. That's why we love the business, we look forward to seeing everybody again, like I said it's not a goodbye it's a see you later. The Golden Spoon is more than just a building, it's an experience. We have been here since the town has grown and we want to continue with going into the future, we like to see families come in and the kids grow... it's really been nice, it's really been a pleasure."

The Golden Spoon is expected to reopen in about 6 months at a new building in the works on Lumber street.

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Video Segment: Hillers Boys Basketball takes Down Wayland in 1st Round

In-front of a packed house at Wayland High School, the Hillers took down the Warriors 53-48 in the Central Division 2 Quarter Finals. The 1st quarter was a good offensive battle. Warriors Sophomore Forward Joey Luchetti (17 points) knocked down three 3 point field goals in the 1st to help Wayland to a 17-13 lead heading into the 2nd quarter.

The Hillers defense completely shut down the Wayland offense in the 2nd quarter and took Luchetti out of the game. Luchetti went scoreless in the 2nd quarter. Fortunately for Wayland, the Hillers offense had some struggles of their own but outscored the Warriors 10-5. Hopkinton led 23-22 at half.

The 2nd half evolved around great defense and foul trouble for both teams. Wayland hit only 2 field goals in the 3rd quarter but the Hillers did not pull too far away only knocking down 3 field goals of their own. Hopkinton outscored Wayland in the 3rd 10-8 to head into the final 8 minutes on top 43-30. Wayland knocked down only 8 field goals in the entire 2nd half, the Hillers did not do much better but early foul trouble allowed Hopkinton to knock down 13 of 20 free throws in the 2nd half. The free throws gave the Hillers just enough for the 53-48 victory.

Junior Matt Locke led the way striking for 19 points and took over in a game that Wayland almost totally shut Hopkinton down from the low blocks. The 12 and 9 5th seeded Hopkinton Hillers will meet up with 1st seeded 18 and 3 Marlboro Panthers in the Semi-Finals. Marlboro beat Medfield in the 1st round 68-47. Wayland finishes 11 and 8 overall. Hopkinton followed with a tough, well fought out 55-40 loss to Marlborough in the semi-finals, highlights will be posted soon.

Council on Aging Looks to Spring at March Meeting

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On Wednesday, March 4th, the Council on Aging met for their monthly meeting to discuss current and future happenings at the senior center.

Director Cindy Chesmore updated the council on plans to expand the game room for the senior center. A new pool table has been donated, and the room will be expanded slightly to accommodate the new table. Ms. Chesmore also noted to the council that after the closing of the Golden Spoon, the senior center was gifted several items from the restaurant to be used in their kitchens, for which the council expressed their gratitude.

The HOP Seat Returns Today, March 12th, featuring Elaine Lazarus and Don MacAdam

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On Thursday, March 12th, the HOP Seat returns to feature Elaine Lazarus and Don MacAdam of land use planning and permitting. They will be live on the air, and want to hear from you!

If you have a question for Elaine and Don, tune in to HCAM-TV on TV or online on Thursday, March 12th from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Email your questions to live@hcam.tv, or call (508) 625-1640 to have your questions answered live on the air!

Clyde E. Rice, 94

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Clyde E. Rice, 94, of Bellingham, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Born in Kentucky, he was raised by his parents, Nannie and Leonard Rice in Kenova, WV along with his 5 siblings, Chink, Clarence, Lawrence, Pete, and Ethel; who are deceased. He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Rice, to whom he was married for nearly 71 years. They met in Boston, just before Pearl Harbor.

Hiller Hockey Banquet

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The High School hockey team held their annual banquet last night to honor the Seniors and other members of the Varsity and JV teams.
As is the tradition, there were several awards presented last night. The team MVP award went to Jordan Carroll for the second time in is career. The most improved award went to Connor Delaney. The Coaches award went to Mike Messier. The Friends of Hiller Hockey also presented their annual Pioneer award and that was presented to Brandon Carty. Junior Billy Allen was named Captain for the upcoming season.

2nd Place in South Regionals

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“In the four years I’ve been a cheer dad and I can’t remember a season more difficult, more trying, than one the Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders are having this season. There have been injuries and of course the snow has made things very difficult (disrupting practices and tournaments), but still these wonderful athletes find a way to win. The Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders went to the South regionals hoping to do well. They went up against some very good cheer teams, the best of southern part of the state. Only one team managed a higher score than this wonderful group of athletes.

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