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.

Hopkinton is Now Bio-Ready “Gold”

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Selectmen announced at their December 4 meeting that Hopkinton has now achieved Bio-Ready “Gold” status with the Mass Biotech Council, the second highest rating, which measures the town’s commitment to supporting biotech companies.

“We’ve actually moved up the bioscience ladder consistently over the last few years,” said Chairman Ben Palleiko, “and now we are looking forward to that being beneficial to us in town as we look to attract new businesses.”

Golden Pond Unearths Statue of Virgin Mary

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While excavating for the expansion project at Golden Pond Assisted Living, work crews unearthed a fully intact, four foot statue of the Virgin Mary.

“People are amazed,” said Executive Director William Marr. “Some people were close to tears when they saw it.”

Marr says he can’t believe that the statue did not get damaged. It is just about the full size of the scoop on the back hoe and it came up all in one piece. The workers discarded it and went on with their excavating, but Marr sent someone to pick up the statue and store it in a safe place.

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Webster First Federal Credit Union Officially Opens

Webster First Federal Credit Union officially opned it s doors at Hopkinton Square on Friday, November 30.

"The grand opening today was fantastic," said Webster First President/CEO Michael Lussier. "It has been really crowded all day long and I'm hoping that it stays that way."

The day long celebration included raffles, refreshments, givewaways and entertainment and an official ribbon cutting towards the end of the day. Webster has partnered with Project Just Because and was accepting donations of new hats, scarves, gloves and blankets as part of the Project Just Because "Keep a Child warn" clothing drive which will run through December 21, 2012. Each person that makes a donation to Webster's Warmth Bin, located in the credit union at Hopkinton Square, will be given a raffle ticket for the chance to win a new iPad mini.

Bins of what was collected that day, as well as a check for $3,000 were presented to Project Just Because Founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh by Lussier and Hopkinton Branch Manager Kimberly Williamson.

When asked what brought Webster First to Hopkinton, Lussier said that he learned about the Hopkinton Square development through a golf connection and decided it was a good fit.

"I actually had a friend who I golf with who knew who introduced me to the owner of his complex," said Lussier. "We thought it was a great opportunity for all of us to get together."

Webster First is a credit union and, while similar to a bank, there are some differences.

"Credit unions like Webster First have multiple products that most banks have," said Lussier. "What I think you will find is that interest rates might be a little bit higher on savings accounts, less fees and competitive interest rates., and unlike some credit unions that cater strickly to consumbers, Webster First has a full array of financial products for all of your financial needs."

Webster First Federal Credit Union joins Price Chopper which was the first business to open at Hopkinton Square. Two additional stores also opened during the last week of November, Supercuts and Christine's Nails, both of which were busy with clients when we stopped by for a quick visit.

Allso now open since our visit is Hopkinton Square Dentral, and coming soon, Zio Quattro and Bison Burger. So it look's like we'll be back for another visit soon. Watch for more news on Hopkinton Square in the near future!

Milford Casino Back in the News

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Selectmen discussed several possible actions in response to the news that Colorado developer David Nunes has vowed to stay in the race for the one casino license to be granted in the Boston region which includes Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex and Worcester counties.

Planning Board Agenda for December 3

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The Planning Board meets tonight, Monday December 3, starting at 7:30PM in Room 211 at Town Hall. Among the topics on the agenda is a further dicussion of the changes to the downtown intersection and a presentation and discussion of the Main Street Planning Corridor by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce 2020 initiative.

The full agenda is attached below.

Selectmen Vote to Keep Single Tax Rate

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At the Tax Classification Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 20, the Board of Selectmen voted to keep a single tax rate for all property classes for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY2013). The decision was made after a presentation by Principal Assessor Robert Bushway.

Hopkinton Drug Holiday Open House

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Hopkinton Drug will celebrate its 24th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2 from 10AM to 3PM. There will be fun events for the entire family including children's crafts & face painting with Olga of Noah's Art, a scavenger hunt, door prizes,raffles and food tastings. Santa will visit from 11-3PM on both days and pictures with Santa will be available, but be sure to bring your own camera.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day.

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Ribbons of Gratitude at Water Fresh Farm

A lighted tree now stands in the front of Water Fresh Farm. On it, are ribbons, which customers have placed there. Each ribbon contains a message that a customer has written, which expresses what they are thankful for during this holiday season.

On Tuesday, November 20, to mark the start of the event, several clergy members offered their blessings of meaning of the ribbons.

Watch the HCAM News video to learn more and to see how you can participate.


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