Hopkinton Today: Friday, Sept. 17

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Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a photo and video of the day.

At its meeting Wednesday, the Parks & Recreation Commission discussed progress made on several ongoing issues, including the Fruit Street turf fields assessment, some decaying Town Common trees and the nearly completed dog park.

There is a lot to do in town this weekend. Saturday’s events include the annual PolyArts festival at the Town Common (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), which includes the Hopkinton Women’s Club autumn sign fundraiser, Greyhound Friends’ fall open house (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Weston Nurseries’ Blooms, Brews & BBQs event (11 a.m.-7 p.m.). On Sunday, the Metrowest K9 5K will be held at the Hopkinton YMCA (10 a.m.) and the weekly Farmers Market will take over the Town Common in the afternoon (1-5 p.m.). Meanwhile, the Dignity Matters silent auction is underway online (ending Sept. 23), and the South Asian Circle of Hopkinton is holding a virtual 5K starting tomorrow and ending Sept. 26. For more information on any of these events and others, check the Independent’s Calendar section.

The latest Baypath Adoptable Animal of the Week is Milo, an active and smart 6-month-old puppy who is ready for training with his new people.

This week’s Business Profile highlights Shahood & Sons, whose valued employees do it all when it comes to plumbing, heating and cooling.

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Welcome to the Marathon Countdown Quiz. Each weekday through Oct. 11 we will have a trivia question about the historic race. Submit the correct answer for a chance to win a gift card and T-shirt. See contest rules for details.
TODAY’S QUESTION: The marathon was created for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, inspiring Boston to start its own race a year later. Which country — home to an ancient town called Marathon — hosted those Olympics? To submit your answer, click here.
YESTERDAY’S WINNER: Congratulations to Darlene Hayes, who correctly answered that the triangular section of land directly next to the Boston Marathon start line is known as Cookie’s Corner, named for the late Richard “Cookie” Kumlin, a longtime Hopkinton Highway Department employee to tended to the area.

Photo of the Day: Fans tailgate prior to last Friday’s Hopkinton High School football game.

HHS football tailgating
PHOTO/BRYAN BROWN

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