HWC Meet the Candidates 4/29

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The Hopkinton Women’s Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in the HCAM studio. Townspeople are encouraged to attend in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). They are also invited to ask questions of those citizens running for office in the 2015 Town Election. This year home viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates live by calling in to 508-625-1640 during the show. Also, questions can be emailed ahead of time or that evening to live@hcam.tv.

Please click here for a list of candidates and ballot questions.

State of the Town Forum 4/28

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Please join the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce for the State of the Town Forum to hear from a variety of Hopkinton Town Officials on the current state of our Town. This event is a great primer for the upcoming Town Meeting, and is both free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 7am – 10am
Location: Faith Community Church, 146 E. Main St. Hopkinton
RSVP: Click to register via EventBrite (free) Continue reading State of the Town Forum 4/28

Town Election Candidates and Ballot Questions

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Offices & Questions on the May 18 Ballot

This year there are two contested races, Parks & Recreation and School Committee, as well as six debt exclusion ballot questions.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – CONTESTED RACE

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

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1

  • Write-In Candidate Needed

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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? Continue reading Town Election Candidates and Ballot Questions

Limited Edition Marathon Prints

HOPKINTON, MA (March 26, 2015) – The 26.2 Foundation in conjunction with the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee announces the sale of 300 signed, limited edition prints featuring iconic symbols of Hopkinton’s “Marathon Footprint” including the Team Hoyt sculpture, the “Spirit of the Marathon” sculpture, the “Starter” sculpture and the gazebo on the Town

“These prints capture and express the respect, love and admiration the town of Hopkinton has for the Boston Marathon,” said 26.2 Foundation president Michael Neece.

The prints are being produced to benefit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee and all proceeds will help to fund the “Light up the Night” fireworks display planned for the evening of September 12, 2015. The prints will be sold in sets of four for a total price of $50.00 and all donations via the 26.2 Foundation are tax deductible.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase these prints,” said 300th Anniversary Committee Chair Jean Bertschmann.

“Three hundred years in Hopkinton’s history only comes around once. We haven’t had fireworks in Hopkinton in over 30 years and we are very appreciative of the 26.2 Foundation’s support to help make this special event a reality.”

The prints were designed and created by Hopkinton resident Maddie Bertschmann, a Markets, Innovation & Design major in the School of Management at Bucknell University. Learning that some of the funding for the 300th celebration had been eliminated due to state budget cuts, Bertschmann donated her time to create the prints in an effort to boost fundraising efforts.

“I’m so excited to be able to contribute to the 300th anniversary celebration,” said Maddie Bertschmann. “It’s really a professional and personal honor for me to design these prints, especially considering I’ve been afforded this opportunity without even having graduated college yet. Aside from my time at Bucknell, I have lived in Hopkinton my entire life, so the town is very much integral to who I am. Having the opportunity to pay homage to the town in my own way is really incredible. Ultimately, I just hope that the prints provide a little reminder to the families whose homes they hang in of the beauty of Hopkinton’s history and community, which is what really makes this town so special.”

To pre-order and reserve your $50.00 4-piece set, send an email to 300@hopkintonma.gov.

Checks should be payable to the 26.2 Foundation and mailed to:

26.2 Foundation
PO Box 820
Hopkinton, MA  01748

For questions, please email 300@hopkintonma.gov.

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Center School Workshop Saturday 9:00am Senior Center

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This Saturday, March 28 from 9:00-10:30am at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew Street) is the community workshop, “Shaping Recommendations”. This is the final workshop before the site recommendation is made, so community members are encouraged to come with questions and comments (and friends).

This forum will include a presentation and interactive discussion of the remaining site options:

  • Center School (option 1C + 25 Ash Street)
  • The Irvine Property
  • The Todaro Property

Community members will learn more about draft building layouts, potential construction impacts, how the site options can accommodate the education plan both now and in the future, and much more!

In the days following this workshop, the Elementary School Building Committee will select the recommended site for this project; public feedback is critical part of the consideration for that process.

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Town Manager Presents FY16 Budget to Selectmen

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At the February 24 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town Manager presented the FY16 Comprehensive Budget and Financing Plan. At their March 10 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to send the budget to the Appropriation Committee who will now hold several public meetings and a public hearing on the budget sometime before Town Meeting. A controversial item seems to be that two new firefighters requested by Chief Ken Clark were not included in the budget sent to Appropriations. Please see two articles in the Metrowest Daily News below for more information.

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The next Appropriation Committee meetings are 3/23, 3/25, 3/30 and 4/1, all at 6:30pm in Town Hall.

The next Board of Selectmen meetings are 4/7 and 4/14, all at 6:30pm in Town Hall.

FY16 School Budget Submitted to Town Manager

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On January 22nd, the School Committee approved a budget of $39,143,441 which is a 4.85% increase over last year’s budget.  Dr. MacLeod noted that 3.85% of the increase alone represents fixed costs over which the schools have no control.  Included in the budget is a reduction of bus fees and increased support to help remediate the level 2 designation from the past year’s MCAS scores.  The proposed budget originally presented to the School Committee included funding to expand foreign language at the Middle School to 6th grade.  The decision to remove the foreign language expansion brought the budget below 5%.

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