Mass Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.5 Percent

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary March 2012 estimates show that Massachusetts added 8,700 jobs over the month, for a total of 3,241,600 jobs. The March job gain follows a revised 7,200 job gain in February. The total unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent, 0.4 percentage points below the February rate of 6.9 percent and well below the national rate of 8.2 percent.

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Girl Scouts Make Appeal to Help Equine Partners

During a recent tour of the HCAM studio, Girl Scouts from Troop 72228 also recorded a public service announcement for Equine Partners, a therapeutic riding stable in Hopkinton. Check it out, they did a really nice job!

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Lt. Governor Tours Caliper/PerkinElmer

Lt. Governor Timothy Murray toured Caliper/PerkinElmer on Thursday, March 8 to highlight job creatioin and business expansion in the life sciences industry in Massachusetts. The company is one of 28 life science companies recently approved by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to receive tax credits as part of the Center's tax incentive program.

Caliper/PerkinElmer was awarded $1.2 million with a commitment to create 50 new jobs.

Hopkinton Residents Start Petition Against Casino in Milford

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Hopkinton residents Esther Driscoll and Amy Ritterbusch have started a petition in opposition to the Casino in Milford. They have also been in contact with residents in Holliston who are also working to oppose the casino.

To date, several Hopkinton residents have signed the petition. If you are interested in participating, you can sign the Petition on line.

The Hayden Rowe/Main Street Intersection

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Through a series of informational press releases, Town Manager Norman Khumalo is detailing the work of hte Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) and providing backgroun information and progress to date on the Downtown Improvement Project. Presented below is the fourth press release which deals with the Hayden Rowe.Main Street intersection.

From Town Manager Norman Khumalo:

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College Funding Live Now Playing on HCAM

On Wednesday, January 18th Ron Foisy of College Planning Stratefgies, presented a program for parents of college bound students. Watch the HCAM News segment for highlights of the presentation, and for the full program, check the HCAM schedule for replay times.

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Selectmen Applaud Hopkinton 20/20 For Progress to Date

Members of Hopkinton 20/20, the public private economic development initiative, received rave reviews from the Board of Selectmen at their January 17th meeting as they came before the board to report their progress to date and to update the board on their current activities.

I’m very pleased,” said Michelle Gates. “It’s exactly what I was hoping we would gain.”

“I think it all comes together nicely,” said Brian Herr, “and I applaud what you are doing.”

Zio’s Quattro Coming to Hopkinton Square

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Selectmen voted at their January 17th meeting to approve the liquor license for Zio’s Quattro, a new restaurant by Zio’s Bistro owners, Paul and Kim Winshman, to be built at Hopkinton Square located at the corner of West Main and South Street.

According to Winshman, the decision to build the new restaurant came after a meeting with the property developers, Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian, in which both parties were in agreement about what they think will work at the South Street location.

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.8%...Jobs Decline in December by 6,200

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today that the total unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point from the November rate of 7.0 percent, and well below the national rate of 8.5 percent. It is the lowest monthly rate since December of 2008. The preliminary December estimates show a decrease of 6,200 jobs in Massachusetts, for a total of 3,234,500 jobs.

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Business Guide Complete

In an effort to promote business growth in Hopkinton, Town Manager Norman Khumalo commissioned Land Use, Planning and Permitting Director, Elaine Lazarus, to design a comprehensive manual for prospective business owners. The result was a document entitled the Business Guide.


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