CVS Plans to Open in Former Colella’s – Selectmen Meeting 6/23


At their meeting tonight, the Board of Selectmen will give an update on future town steps regarding CVS permitting and entertain any public questions on the permitting process. The CVS agenda item is scheduled for approximately 8:10pm, and they have allotted 30 minutes for discussion on this topic.

According to a letter from the chairman of the Board of Selectmen “our ability to prevent legal businesses from coming to Town is tightly constrained, particularly when those businesses fit within existing zoning and require no special permitting or other approval from the Town. There is no option to hold a Special Town Meeting, pass a bylaw or take similar actions to prohibit entry of CVS. This event is strictly a private transaction between the seller, the new owner and CVS. For that reason, the best way to make your opinions known is through continued outreach to CVS and the owner, whose actions will be determined by their financial analysis of the opportunity. The Board of Selectmen and other committees will continue to pay close attention as this transition occurs and will, as always, take whatever actions we can to protect the Town’s interests. To the extent there is any required interaction with the Town, the Board of Selectmen and other Town committees will be diligent in their review and any hearing will allow substantial time for public input.”

It is eHop’s understanding that any exterior signage changes at Colella’s/CVS will be reviewed by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board. For further reading:

Hopkinton has several different zoning districts. The former Colella’s building is zoned “DB – Downtown Business.” It is NOT part of the Center Historic District. The following uses are permitted by right in Downtown Business:

  • A. Bed-and-breakfast establishments and inns with a maximum of 12 guest rooms.
  • B. Retail stores and retail service shops.
  • C. Business or professional offices, medical offices and banks.
  • D. Municipal uses.
  • E. Funeral homes and mortuaries.
  • F. Restaurants where all patrons are seated and no live entertainment is provided.
  • G. Mixed use buildings comprised of retail space on the first floor, and office space or residential dwelling units on the second and third floors. The residential dwelling units shall have dedicated onsite parking spaces. No dwelling unit shall have less than 600 gross square feet.
  • H. Accessory uses.

Although it is eHop’s understanding that a drive-thru is NOT being requested at this time, in the Downtown Business District a drive-thru pharmacy would require a Special Permit, which would require a Public Hearing. “Drive-in, drive-through, or drive-up uses, but excluding the dispensing of food or drink, provided that: 1) an adequate dedicated area for at least four vehicles to queue shall be provided on the premises, 2) notification of the public hearing for such special permit shall be mailed to the owners of all properties within 1,000 feet of the premises, and 3) The Planning Board shall grant the Special Permit only if it finds that the proposed use will not be detrimental to the surrounding neighborhood. The Planning Board and not the Board of Appeals shall be the Special Permit Granting Authority for such uses. [Amended 5-6-2013 ATM, Art. 51]”

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Apply for an Appointed Town Board or Committee


The Town of Hopkinton encourages all residents who are interested in helping govern Hopkinton to apply now to any board of committee. If you have been curious or interested in giving your time, expertise or perspective on behalf of your community, now is an excellent time to get involved!

Please visit the Town Website for a full listings of all Boards, Committees and Commissions. Each entity has a full membership listing, charge and a unique website link full of information and activities on relevant topics. Many board and committee memberships will expire very soon, so if you are interested in any committee now is the time to throw your hat in the ring!

To apply for a any volunteer position on any Board or Committee, please visit the Town’s website and fill out the online volunteer form at: Interested parties may also visit the Board of Selectmen’s Office to fill out an application in person or call the office to have staff assist in applying.

For more information or questions about a Board or Committee, please visit the committee website and contact the respective Board or Committee Chairperson, or call Jamie Hellen, Operation’s Assistant to the Town Manager’s Office, at 508-497-9700 who can assist in any interested volunteer get in touch with a committee representative. Continue reading Apply for an Appointed Town Board or Committee

Community Forum: Early Childhood Education Plan and Building Design Direction

The Elementary School Building Committee is hosting a community forum tonight, June 15th at 7pm  at the Hopkinton Middle School library.  To purpose of the forum is for citizens to see functional and practical design merge with Hopkinton’s education goals to create a blueprint for an exciting and inspiring learning environment for Hopkinton’s youngest learners.

Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, and Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, will share Hopkinton’s pre-K through 1st grade Education Plan, outlining how the new location, site layout, and design can enhance the early childhood education experience.

Jim Barrett of DRA Architects will share renderings that reflect current direction on site layout and building design, including a look inside the building from a student’s point of view.

Community members are encouraged to attend.  The ESBC would like to hear residents’ questions and aspirations for the new school.

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Flamingos are Back in Hopkinton


They’re back! Under the cover of darkness eHop will once again be herding a flock of 24 friendly flamingos around town. To join in on the fun, send a flock to a friend! Visit our website shop to order or simply email Tara Sanda and she can help you out at

What are we fundraising for?

We’re glad you asked. Educate Hopkinton’s greatest charge is to get more people to attend Town Meeting and vote on how our tax dollars are spent. In recent years our flock earned us two banners that were hung on Town Hall and the Middle School Tennis Courts, yard signs, a donation to Hopkinton’s Tax Relief Fund and sponsorship of one Veterans Breakfast at the Senior Center.

This year we hope to provide Hopkinton with:

  • More public outreach to raise awareness about Town Meeting and our “Know Your Vote” show.
  • A greater donation to the Tax Relief Fund
  • More sponsorships for the Veteran’s Breakfasts at the Senior Center

So have a little fun, send a flock to a friend and support some good causes!

Click here to Flock a Friend!

All Six Ballot Questions Pass, Graziano and Bertschmann reelected, Hanson wins Parks & Recreation


Congratulations to all the participants in the May 18 town election and thank you for your willingness to volunteer for our town. This year 1,810 voters participated, which is down 16% from last May’s Town Election. All six ballot questions passed. Jon Graziano and Jean Bertschmann were reelected to the School Committee. Laura Hanson was elected to the Parks & Recreation Commission, and Connor Degan was elected to the Hopkinton Housing Authority. All other races were uncontested.

After the election, at the May 19 Board of Selectmen meeting Ben Palleiko was unanimously elected Chair and John Coutinho was unanimously elected Vice-Chair. At the May 28 School Committee meeting, Ellen Scordino was elected Chair (4-1) and Lori Nickerson was elected Vice-Chair (5-0).


  • Jean Bertschmann 1,092
  • Jonathan Graziano 1,099
  • Brian Karp 841

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1 – CONTESTED RACE

  • Robert McGuire 756
  • Laura Hanson 785

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1 – Write-In Candidate

  • Connor Degan 50
  • Darlene Hayes 42

Ballot Questions

Question 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct a new Department of Public Works headquarters facility?

  • Yes 1,049
  • No 675

Question 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order fund engineering designs and construction services related to making roof repairs at the Hopkins and High Schools?

  • Yes 1,198
  • No 550

Question 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcel U23-28-0 on the Assessors Map?

  • Yes 1,124
  • No 584

Question 4: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 147 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcels U23-32-0, U23-33-0 and U23-35-A on the Assessors Map?

  • Yes 939
  • No 757

Question 5: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion ofthe parcel of land located at 15 Claflin Avenue and shown as parcel U16-14-0 on the Assessors Map?

  • Yes 920
  • No 757

Question 6: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion of the parcel of land located at 102 Fruit Street and shown as parcel RG-5-0 on the Assessors Map as shown on a plan?

  • Yes 958
  • No 746

Continue reading All Six Ballot Questions Pass, Graziano and Bertschmann reelected, Hanson wins Parks & Recreation

Hopkinton Middle School 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative


A message from Hopkinton Middle School:

“We are excited to move forward in the 2015-2016 school year with a 1:1 (1 student, 1 device) digital learning initiative at Hopkinton Middle School. As you may know, during the current school year, our grade 8 math and science teachers have been utilizing Chromebooks in their classrooms. In the past two years, our school and district have invested heavily in Google Apps for Education products. This year, six of our educators attended a Google Apps for Education Summit. These teachers, in addition to our grade 8 math and science teachers, have become exceptional resources as we prepare our staff for the 1:1 digital learning initiative. Throughout this year, we have learned how Google Apps for Education can enhance staff and student learning, and we believe that the Chromebook is the device that best meets our needs as a learning community.

The purpose of our 1:1 program is to help our students learn and continuously grow as independent, confident, resilient, and thoughtful individuals willing to explore new ideas, reflect on progress, and challenge themselves. Hopkinton Middle School’s goals for a 1:1 initiative are focused on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our curricular goals center on developing personalized learning experiences and providing equitable learning opportunities that promote student ownership of their learning. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to develop timely and targeted instruction that supports individualized student learning. Through assessments that utilize technology, the teacher and the student receive immediate and frequent feedback on the student’s progress toward the learning goals. Our leadership team has been meeting throughout the year developing our 1:1 roll-out plan.”

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Vote Monday on Six Ballot Questions, School Committee and Parks & Rec


All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 18. There are contested races for School Committee and Parks & Recreation, as well as six debt-exclusion ballot questions.  Please read the following articles for information about each contested race and ballot question.

School Committee Candidate Q & A


Educate Hopkinton posed the following ten questions to our School Committee Candidates and we are posting their responses here exactly as submitted. We thank them for their time and for their commitment to Hopkinton. Educate Hopkinton as an organization does not specifically endorse any of the candidates, click to read our policy for more info. In addition we recommend voters watch the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night, which is available on the HCAM YouTube Channel.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2

QUESTION 1: Describe how your background and career skills will translate to the role of a School Committee member?

Jean B Bertschmann: I have six years of experience on the School Committee, and 18 years of direct experience volunteering in the schools and across the town. I have a deep understanding of how our schools function, top to bottom. I have developed strong, productive working relationships with staff, teachers, administrators, and other town boards and committees. My broad based institutional knowledge and history are important assets to the Committee, particularly with the pending Charter review. In my previous professional career as the manager of the paralegal staff at a major Boston law firm, and as the parent of four children, I have developed excellent communications and time management skills, which are critical to balancing the perspectives of different constituents, as well as the multiple and varied responsibilities of School Committee members.

Jonathan E Graziano: Currently I work for Liberty Mutual Insurance and am responsible for Continuous Improvement. I believe that the skills I use every day in my job translate very well to my role on the School Committee. I am charged in my profession to question the status quo and look for new and more effective ways to operate. I believe I have brought that mentality to the committee in my three years, asking critical questions about how we can do better and whether or not current programs and practices are still as effective. If reelected I will continue to use these skills to advance the district.

Brian J Karp: As a manager, I am able to identify process improvement opportunities, make changes as needed, and deliver results. I am an excellent listener and can speak to various groups of people. I am very analytical and an excellent problem solver. Continue reading School Committee Candidate Q & A

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