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Fundraising Carnival Faces Opposition From Neighbors



    Neighbors Complain About Carnival's Return to Hopkinton

    The return of a fundraising carnival to the parking lot of Hopkinton High School has neighbors voicing their concerns.

    (Published Thursday, June 7, 2018)

    A carnival fundraiser coming to Hopkinton, Massachusetts, is being greeted by some and facing opposition from others.

    The town's selectmen approved a permit that will allow the carnival to be held at Hopkinton High school. The fundraiser, organized by the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association, is a four-day event assembled to raise money for Hopkinton Public Schools.

    Last year, the event raised over $12,000.

    While the well-intentioned event is being welcomed with open arms by some, there are those who live near the high school, where the event will be thrown, displeased with its location. Karl Morningstar is among the detractors.

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    "This is just over the top," he said. "Every weekend, there's an event, but it ends when the sun goes down. This is seven, eight, nine, 10 days of nothing but hassle, noise and congestion."

    Erin Graziano is the PTA's fundraising chairwoman. She has organized the event for the past two years.

    "I received so many emails and texts saying what a great thing you brought to our town," she said. "The majority of the funds that we raise go towards enrichment programs at the school."

    The carnival will be held June 21-24.

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