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Legislature Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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Establishes essential protections and prohibits discrimination against pregnant individuals

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which guarantees reasonable accommodations and safety measures for pregnant workers. The legislation makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against, refuse to employ, or terminate an individual due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.

Video: Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman informs Veterans about Senior Safety Program

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On July 14th, local Veterans met up at the Hopkinton Senior Center for the monthly Veterans Breakfast. Hopkinton Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman was in attendance at the breakfast and took some time to inform veterans of a safety program meant to help Seniors reduce the potential for an accident at home such as tripping or a medical incident.

Video: Camp Bailout 2017

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A firefighters camp for girls between the ages of 14 and 19 called Camp Bailout took place for their 7th straight year at the Ashland Fire Department.

Since its first year in 2011 the camp has gained popularity among the local communities and has caught the attention of several media outlets throughout the years including the associated press, the christian science monitor and several local cable networks. More and more people have gained interest in the camps mission of encouraging more young women to become involved with fire and ems services.

Sheriff Koutoujian Welcomes Legislators for Criminal Justice Discussion

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BILLERICA, Mass. – Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian welcomed members of the Legislature and their staffs to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction on July 10 for a discussion of ongoing initiatives and programs.

The visit was organized in conjunction with the Legislature’s Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus and was the first stop on a series of visits planned at correctional facilities across the Commonwealth.

Public Notice: Fire Flow Tests on July 20th and July 22nd May Cause Temporary Water Discoloration

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The Hopkinton Water & Sewer Manager, Eric Carty has send out the following public notification regarding upcoming fire flow tests: "Please be advised that two required fire flow test will take place this week. The first is Thursday, July 20th, at approximately 10PM . The Second will be Saturday, July 22nd, in the morning. Because these tests will take place on main transmission lines, customers may notice some discoloration during and after the tests throughout town. Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time.

Roadwork Notice for Saturday July 15th

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Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Hopkins Rd, Valentine Rd, Coburn Rd & Valentine Cir on Monday July 17. A small crew will be in on Saturday July 15 to remove & plate structures on these roads.

Please expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible.

Mike Mansir
Highway Manager

Senate Ways and Means Approves Final FY 2018 Budget

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BOSTON– The Massachusetts Senate voted today to approve a final $40.202B billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget makes reductions in spending from the originally proposed Senate budget due to revised revenue forecasts, but maintains a strong commitment to Chapter 70 education funding and preserving local aid to cities and towns.

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office awarded $140,000 Heroin and Opioid Crime Reduction Renewal Grant

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BILLERICA, Mass. - Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today thanked the Baker Administration for
awarding the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) a nearly $140,000 grant to continue ongoing efforts to
address the opioid epidemic in the county.

Sen. Spilka Announces Funding for MetroWest in Final FY18 Budget

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BOSTON– The Massachusetts Senate on Friday to approve a final $40.202B billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget makes reductions in spending from the originally proposed Senate budget due to revised revenue forecasts, but maintains a strong commitment to Chapter 70 education funding and preserving local aid to cities and towns.

Funding specific to MetroWest includes:

Hopkinton Downtown Improvements to Main Street (Route 135) Project Public Forum

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The Town of Hopkinton has created a survey to solicit input from residents as to when they would most likely be able to attend a Public Forum regarding the Downtown Improvements to Main Street (Route 135) Project. The Town of Hopkinton would like to best schedule this forum at a time preferred by the majority of our resident respondents.

Please fill out the SURVEY here.

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