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HCAM Downtown Corridor Project Forum Rescheduled to Wednesday 12/4 at 7pm

Due to Weather, we have cancelled tonight's Downtown Corridor Project forum and are tentatively planning on hosting the program on Wednesday, December 4th at 7pm. Confirmation to follow.

HCAM in partnership with eHop will host a Downtown Corridor Project forum at the HCAM studios (77 Main Street). The program will air live on HCAM-TV and concentrate on discussion about the proposed project in preparation for the upcoming Special Town Meeting on December 9th.

The forum will feature a panel of those who are for the project and also members of a group called the Main Street Alliance, who is opposed to the project.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the forum and submit questions by email. Questions for the forum may be submitted to news@hcam.tv by Tuesday.

The Special Town Meeting will take place on Monday, December 9th at 7pm at Hopkinton Middle School.



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Baypath Humane Society: Meet Odin!

Odin - 1 year, 3 months old male husky mix
Do you have a playful dog with plenty of energy looking for a pal? Odin could be your boy! As long as you have no small animals or cats! This spirited guy is looking for a gal pal dog he can goof around with, enjoy long walks with, and do zoomies in the yard. He’s a bit of a “Goldilocks” and has been bounced around recently. Fortunately, this gave us a lot of insight into what home life will truly work best for him. Odin has boundless energy and needs an experienced dog family who is patient with giving him time to get accustomed to home life. Kindness and consistent positive reinforcement will bring out the best in him. Due to his exuberance, an adult home will be needed. (Husky experience would be a huge plus!) We adore Odin and are anxious to find him the right home where he can show off his super smart and silly personality! Like all young dogs, he will thrive with plenty of mental and physical exercise. He loves to go for long walks in the woods and hasn't met a Kong Wobbler toy that he didn't like. Odin desperately wants to be the star of your life, and has so much to offer



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Editorial: Main Street Corridor Project Bike Lanes

I note the following comment regarding the so-called ‘Main Street Corridor Project’ on the proponents’ webpage. “The project includes a bicycle lane in order to separate bicycle traffic from vehicle traffic flow, improving safety. Today, bicycles share narrow road space with moving and parked vehicles.”

As I have said, multiple times, I believe (and I am not alone) that the separated bike lane, as proposed, will NOT improve safety, so I make no further comment with respect to this portion of the claim.

However, “Today, bicycles share narrow road space with moving and parked vehicles.” This statement is partially correct, but only as far as “sharing the road”. Main Street, from Hayden Rowe to the Rt 85 intersection provides an expanse of space for parking, bike, and vehicular traffic. That portion of Main St varies from approximately 85’ to 53’ wide. Parking spaces are 8’ wide. A travel lane 11 to 12’ wide. If we assume the 53’ width dimension (measured at the intersection crosswalk), with three 11’ travel lanes, and one row of parking at 8’ (as it is currently), that still leaves 6’ of ‘bike space’ each way at this narrowest point. That is sufficient to meet AASHTO guidelines; it is far from the “narrow road space” mentioned, and provides reasonable security from the dreaded ‘door zone’ for this narrowest portion of this section of Main St. The westerly portion of Main St, even where as narrow as 40’, provides more than adequate room for bike lanes, assuming parking is not extended West of the current limits. The needed crossing for the bike lane on the West-bound side of Main St to connect with the Center Trail, could be just a few feet past the Center Trail, at the existing Wood Street lights.

Sincerely,
Ed Harrow

**This article was written by a group or person in the Hopkinton Community and does not reflect the views of HCAM or any of their Board Members or Employees.**



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Hopkinton Little League Registration Now Open

The Hopkinton Little League Registration for 2020 Baseball and Softball is now open! Head over to www.hopkintonlittleleague.org and click register now.

Any questions can be sent to hopkintonlittleleague@gmail.com.



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2020 Little League Registration Now Open!

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Mary Catherine Pratt, 91

Mary Catherine Pratt, 91, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Devitt) O’Brien. She was the wife of the late Joseph William Pratt.

Mary had a BA from Regis College and a Masters from Wellesley College in Chemistry. In her early years, she did Radioisotope Medical Research. Mary was a public servant for over 50 years. She began her involvement in town government in the early sixties working on education. Before there was special education in any school, she educated herself with graduate classes to find out what could be done in the public schools to meet the needs of those students that needed extra support. She was always an advocate for special education as well as for programs for the exceptionally gifted students. She worked successfully to get kindergarten into the regular curriculum in Hopkinton. She would regularly attend school events and continue to participate to show her support to students.

Mary was a Selectwoman for many years and held a number of other elected and appointed positions over the years. In 2012, she was honored by the Town of Hopkinton for her years in public service. She participated with the MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council and SWAP (Southwest Area Planning Committee). She also served on the Organization for Balanced Fiscal Future, the Fire Station Building Committee, the Hopkinton Housing Partnership and the Open Space Committee. She had many successes including the reconstruction work at the Whitehall Dam, the purchase and stewardship of the Lake Maspenock Dam. She took pleasure in being so involved so she could better the town of Hopkinton and advocate at the State level for things that Hopkinton needed.

Mary is survived by her children, Daniel Pratt and his wife, Kelly of Harrison City, PA, Maryanne Bilodeau and her husband, Thomas of Westborough, Thomas Pratt and Susan Bush of Hopkinton, Robert Pratt and his wife, Jennifer of Hopkinton, and Martha Pratt-Rice (and her late husband, Joel Rice) of Warwick, MA. She also leaves behind her sister, Joanne O’Brien of Natick as well as 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Haswell and Marjorie Laprise, and her son, Joseph Pratt who passed away November 13, 2019.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish in Southborough. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Natick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place

Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org



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PHOTO: Turkey Bowl - 11/30/19

November 30, 2019 - Hiller Thrillers won the 18th Annual Tom McIntyre Turkey Bowl. The Turkey Bowl has Hopkinton alumnus from graduating classes from 1994 up to 2018 playing. All proceeds benefit the Hopkinton Boosters which provide enhancements to all teams up and above what is covered in the athletic budget.
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Hopkinton Gives is LIVE

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday...it came up fast this year!

What's it about? It's a global generosity movement that unleashes power to transform communities and the world.

Giving Tuesday is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which this year means 12-3-19. The global celebration runs for 24 hours and begins at midnight local time.

Here in Hopkinton, we are fantastic, and we have a resident (Anne Mattina) who created a website just for this day! Please, take a moment out of your Tuesday and check it out...
https://www.hopkintongives.org



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HCAM's Downtown Corridor Project Forum originally scheduled for Tonight has been moved to Wednesday 12/4 at 7pm.





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