We here in the MetroWest, and particularly those in the Hopkinton community, are very proud to serve as the start of the Boston Marathon. This year’s 124th running of the Boston Marathon was a little different, postponed to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic and held “virtually,” with thousands of participants around the Commonwealth and around the country racing their own 26.2-mile courses in commemoration of this special event.

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The attached file is a Public Service Announcement from HCAT reminding viewers that the show co-sponsored by the Holliston Historical Society, the Holliston Public Library, and supported by a grant from the Holliston Cultural Council, can be viewed TOMORROW evening at 7:00 pm on HCAT.

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With many of our communities, including the four towns in the 8th Middlesex District, seeing low rates of new COVID-19 infections and the statewide positive test rate sinking below 1 percent, our statewide pandemic response efforts have been tailored toward targeting the areas where transmission remains far higher than the statewide average.

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As we enter the second week of September, preparations continue for the return of K-12 students to our public schools. Normally, students would already be back in class, but due to COVID-19 and related preparations for our schools’ “new normal,” all four of our towns will welcome students back next week, with Westborough beginning on 9/15 and Holliston, Hopkinton, and Southborough beginning on 9/16.

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