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Preview: Hopkins Students Plant Perrenials at Hawk's Nest Garden

Don't Just Stand There.....Plant Something is an initiative of the statewide planting campaign created by Plant Something MA that seeks to get more people to enjoy gardening. To participate, students at Hopkins School planted perennials donated by Weston Nurseries on Wednesday, May 15. For a sneak preview of the HCAM News coverage of the event, watch the video below. We'll have our full story, complete with student interviews, on Friday night at 6 and 10PM on Comcast 8 and Verizon 30.

Major Project Site Plan Review for Dunkin Donuts

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The Planning Board met on May 13 to discuss a Major Project Site Plan Review at 78 West Main Street for a new Dunkin Donuts. Applicant Virginio Sardinha Jr., attorney Michael Healy, architect Manny Tavarez from MJ Tavarez Architects, engineer John Kucich from Bohler Engineering, and traffic expert Jennifer Conley of Conley Associates were present at the meeting.

Public Planting Day at Hopkins School Hawk's Nest Garden

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Members of the Hopkins School Principal’s Cabinet will begin planting in the school’s new community garden, the Hawk’s Nest on Wednesday, May 15 from 9:30 until 10:30 as part of a statewide public planting day, “Don’t Just Stand There…Plant Something. The students will work in partnership with Weston Nurseries, who has donated perennials.

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Vintage Books Closing in October

Books have always been a part of Hopkinton resident Nancy Haines' life...particularly used ones.

Therefore it was no surprise that Nancy and her husband David decided to open up an antiquarian book store. The idea first came to the couple during their honeymoon.

The Haines opened up Vintage Books in Framingham in 1988 and moved to their current location on 181 Hayden Rowe Street five years later. To them, the word vintage doesn't necessarily mean old, but unique, which is reflected in the books at their store.

With roughly 40,000 books, in subjects ranging from children's to historical pamphlets and architecture, the Haines have developed their vast collection from a variety of sources including other collectors, auctions, and estate sales. However, what they are most known for is their collection of Quaker materials, which is currently at around 8,000, giving them a special distinction as being the largest distributor of out of print Quaker books.

However, citing both the economy and the way that technology has changed how people utilize their free time, after 25 years of business, Vintage Books will be closing its doors around mid October.

Nancy believes that even though the internet provides a terrific research tool, book stores do still offer a valuable service to the community.

Currently, all books, except for the Quaker ones, are fifty percent off. The Haines are in the process of finalizing a deal with in Maine to sell off their Quaker collection.

Although Nancy doesn't know what's next after the Haines close the store, she does know that it will involve books.

For more information about Vintage Books, visit their website at

Planning Board Meets Tonight - Dunkin Donuts on Agenda

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Hopkinton's Planning Board meets tonight at 7:30PM in Room 211 at Town Hall. On the agenda for tonight's meeting are several Public Hearings including Forest Ridge, Reservoir View, Hunter's Ridge and a Major Project Site Plan Review for 78 West Main Street which is a proposed one-story 3,000 square foot building for Dunkin Donuts.

Complete agenda and review of proposal are attached below.

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Construction Career Day Encourages Students to Join Construction Industry

Every year, over 1,500 students from across the state come to Hopkinton for Construction Career Day held at the New England Laborers Training Center, for a hands-on education in a potential career path not always discussed in a traditional classroom setting. Those involved with the 2-day program, held on May 1 and 2 of this year, hope to generate excitement about the opportunities in the construction industry.

As part of the students' exposure to the world of construction, they had the opportunity to interact with those currently working in the industry as well as experience a wide array of disciplines within the field including welding, equipment operation, safety, as well as engineering design. Overall, there were about 150 construction related companies at the event including colleges and other industry professionals.

Watch the HCAM News video to learn more!

2013 Town Meeting - First Night Summary

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Hopkinton’s 2013 Annual Town Meeting opened with a tribute to Town Clerk Ann Click who is retiring at the end of the current fiscal year after serving as Hopkinton’s Town Clerk for the past 16 years.

First up for vote was the consent agenda that dealt with Articles expected to have little or no discussion. The following articles were originally included in the consent agenda:

bCalm Power Yoga Raises Over $500,000 in Yoga Reaches Out New England Yogathon

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bCalm Power Yoga of Hopkinton participated in the 3rd Annual Yoga Reaches Out New England Yogathon on Sunday, April 28th at Gillette Stadium's Field House. The event, which brought together 1000 yogis from across New England, raised over $500,000 for Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Tumor Foundation and to develop a yoga program in Newtown, CT.

B.A.A. Contributes $250,000 Donation to The One Fund Boston, Inc.

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The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), organizer of the Boston Marathon® since its inception in 1897, today announced a $250,000 donation to The One Fund Boston, Inc., which was organized to benefit those most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

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State of the Town

In preparation for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce once again hosted their annual State of the Town event on Thursday, April 25 at the Faith Community Church. Presenting at the event were Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Appropriations Chair Mike Manning and Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche. Watch the HCAM News summary below. The full program is available online..


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