Massachusetts Unemployment at 6.7%

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary December 2012 estimates show a gain of 7,500 jobs over the month, for a total of 3,263,400 jobs. The December job gain follows a revised loss of 3,200 jobs in November.

Long Life Farm: Community Supported Agriculture in Hopkinton

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Want to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) here in Hopkinton? A presentation by Long Life Farm co-owner Laura Davis will take place at the Hopkinton Public Library on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 pm.

Public Invited to Review DISC 25% Design of Main Street Project

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Residents interested in reviewing the 25% Project Design for the Main Street Project, as recommended by the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC), are invited to a public meeting with Town Engineer Dave Daltorio, DPW Director John Westerling and Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting Elaine Lazarus on Thursday, January 17 from 10AM to 11AM in Room 215 at Town Hall.

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Old Town Liquors

Ever since prohibition ended in the 1930s, 70 Main Street in Hopkinton has always been a liquor store. Recently the building, which was formerly known as Star Package Store, was bought and renovated by Bill Tetlow. Now, Old Town Liquors, Tetlow says he picked the name to reflect the store's location.

Tetlow hopes that his store will help to revitalize the downtown area.

To maintain the old town feel, Tetlow shied away from decor that resembled a typical package store such as neon lights and advertising. Instead, there's a fish mounted up on the wall by the spirits, a deer head up near the wine, and a wood stove by the cases of beer. All which Store Manager Pam French believes create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

In keeping with the theme of staying local, the store prides itself on its selection of local craft beers. And as they continue to develop customer relationships, they hope to expand their selection.

To that end, they have a special deal on wine, in which a customer can order a case of wine, even if the store doesn't sell it, for a 10% discount. And starting soon, the store hopes to have beer and wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays.

Old Town Liquors is open Monday through Saturday 11am to 11pm and from noon to 11pm on Sunday. Watch the HCAM News video below for a look inside!

MA Unemployment Numbers for November

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the November 2012 seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in eleven areas; unchanged in four areas; and up in seven areas over the month. Over the year, the rates are down in eighteen areas; two areas went up; and two areas were unchanged.

Statewide, the November seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 0.3 of a percentage point from the November 2011 unadjusted rate of 6.4 percent.

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Chamber of Commerce Presents Distinguished Service Awards

The Chamber of Commerce presented former selectmen Mary Pratt and Ron Clark and Reverend Dick Germaine with Distinguished Service Awards at their Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 13 at the Hopkinton Country Club. Watch the HCAM News video for highlights of the night's activities and watch as Clark, Germaine and Pratt are recognized for their long time contributions to Hopkinton.

Massachusetts Agriculture Officials Encourage Consumers to “Gift Local” this Year

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With the holiday season underway, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) officials are encouraging consumers to “gift local” this year – by choosing from the wide variety of local food, farm and ornamental items found right here in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts growers and specialty food producers offer an exciting range of seasonal items, perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “Opportunities abound to support Massachusetts food and agriculture.”

Sister Community to Compass at Hopkinton Coming to Milford

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Cornerstone at Milford, a sister community to Compass at Hopkinton, held its official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, December 6 in Milford, and will offer the same service-enriched Assisted Living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood which is affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, to its clients.

Win a His & Hers Gift Basket When You Donate to Baypath Humane Society

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Cranberry - one of the dogs available for adoption at Baypath

Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty is inviting members of the community to join them in supporting Baypath Humane Society, a no-kill shelter that has been helping to find loving homes for dogs and cats for nearly 35 years.

Save the Date! Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

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The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 13 at the Hopkinton Country Club. Beginning with a reception at 6PM, dinner will be served at 7PM. As in past years, three individuals will be recognized for their "Distringuished Service" to the community. This year's honorees are former selectmen Mary Pratt and Ron Clark and Rev. Dick Germaine.

Tickets are $50 per person and will be available at the Middlesex Savings Bank, 10 Main Street,, Hopkinton, MA.


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