News Briefs: Military History Essay Contest

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Military history essay contest

The Association of the United States Army is joining with local sponsors Phipps Insurance Agency and UniBank to hold a Military History Essay Contest for high school students who are residents of Hopkinton.

Winners will receive scholarships worth $1,000 (first place), $500 (second) or $250 (third).

The essays will be evaluate by a distinguished panel that includes Joseph DePinto, CEO of 7-Eleven and a civilian aide to the secretary of defense, state Rep. Carolyn Dykema and local Vietnam veteran Hank Allessio. Essays are due by Feb. 1, and winners will be announced on Memorial Day.

For more information, email hopmilhistory@gmail.com.

Town committees have vacancies

The town announced on Dec. 10 that there are vacancies on the following board and committees: Community Preservation Commission, Cultural Council, Personnel Committee, Sustainable Green Committee, Veterans Celebration Committee, Commissioners of Trust Funds, Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board and Open Space Preservation Commission.

Interested residents can apply via the online volunteer form at hopkintonma.gov/hug.

Resident arrested for DUI in Ashland

A Hopkinton resident was arrested on the afternoon of Dec. 10 in Ashland after driving into a curb while leaving a doughnut shop, according to a report in the MetroWest Daily News.

Ashland police arrested 41-year-old Matthew Drake, of 46 Walcott Valley Drive, for driving under the influence of liquor, driving with a license that was revoked for being a habitual traffic offender and driving to endanger, the report stated.

Police said Drake smelled of alcohol, slurred his words and then “did not do well” on the field sobriety tests he agreed to take. Officers also indicated that they found five empty nip bottles inside Drake’s car.

Drake was arraigned on Dec. 11 and released without bail, under orders not to drive. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for Jan. 29.