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Video Highlights: 25% Design Plan Review

On Thursday..January 17th residents once again had an opportunity to provide feedback on the latest iteration of the downtown plan, recommended by the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee, at a morning meeting held at town hall. Originally presented to the public in November of 2011,the plan has now reached the 25% design concept and is ready for submission to the Massachusetts department of transportation.

Watch the HCAM News video for a recap of the meeting, complete with comments from residents, Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Selectman Brian Herr.

Downtown Corridor Project Gets Another Review

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On Thursday morning, January 17, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, along with Town Engineer Dave Daltorio and Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting Elaine Lazarus, presented the latest iteration of the downtown plan, recommend by the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC), to the public, in preparation for its submittal to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

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.

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