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Hopkinton Volleyball Hosting “DIG PINK” for Cancer Research and Support

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The Hopkinton Hiller Volleyball teams will host a DIG PINK match at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center on Wednesday, October 2nd, to raise awareness of the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

The Hillers will be facing the Ashland Clockers on this special night. The fun begins at 5:30 with the JV match at the High School Athletic Center and the Freshman match at the Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym. The Varsity match will start at approximately 6:30pm at the Athletic Center.

Planning Board Discusses Master Plan

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The Planning Board met with Town Manager Norman Khumalo to discuss the Master Plan Update for Hopkinton during their September 23 meeting.

“Most recently, the Selectmen set as one of the Town Manager’s goals working, collaborating with the Planning Board and all of the stakeholders to complete a visioning process for the town,” Khumalo began.

School Super Placed HS Principal on Leave

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Dear High School Parents/Guardians:

HHS Back To School Night on Thursday

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please join us at Hopkinton High School on Thursday evening, September 26th, for our annual Back-to-School Night. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your son or daughter’s teachers and learn more about the high school program. Teachers use this occasion to discuss the content of their courses, expectations for students, and the best way to contact them.

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Highlights: Peace Day 2013

On Friday, September 20, 2013, Hopkinton celebrated Peace Day with an event at the Hopkinton Public Library. Watch the HCAM News video for highlights of the singing, poetry as well as words from Rep. Carolyn Dykema, Pastor Burnedette MacDonald of the Vineyard Church Hopkinton and music by Amanda Maffei.

Cultural Council Sets Deadline for Grant Requests

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The Hopkinton Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2013 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Barbara Timko, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Hopkinton -- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

Downtown Paving Begins September 30

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The Contractor will be returning the week of September 30th to Main St. to pave the water main and water service cross trenches. The Pleasant St. detour will be in affect for the work area on Main St. from Pleasant Street to Grove/Cedar intersection. Therefore, eastbound traffic will be detoured down Pleasant St. and westbound traffic will flow as usual.

It's Time to Make the Apple Crisp!

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It's that time of year again! The Friends of the Libary will once again be selling their ever popular apple crisp at PolyArts on the Hopkinton Common on Saturday, September 28. The library's apple crisp was recently highlighted in a local paper as the prime "Don't Miss" event at PolyArts. But, they need your help to prepare and sell this yummy convection!

Preparation begins at 8:30 AM on Friday, September 27, 2013 at St. Paul's Church kitchen. Bring your peeler, cutting board, paring knife, hair tie & apron. We'll supply the gloves.

Shayne Desroches Memorial Fund

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A fund has been created in the name of Shayne Desroches to help his family with funeral expenses. The site can be accessed here.

Additional money will be donated to "The Sky's the Limit", a project to utilize unused courtyard space at Hopkinton Middle School for learning and recreation.

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Selectmen Vote to Approve Budget Calendar

Selectmen voted at their September 17 meeting to approve the Fiscal Year 2015 budget calendar submitted by Town Manager Norman Khumalo. The calendar lays out the timeline for the upcoming budget process and establishes dates for major milestones. The official kickoff of the budget season is planned for Tuesday, October 22 at which time the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager will issue a policy statement that establishes guidelines for the budget at an all boards meeting.

By Monday, November 4, all departments must submit recommendations to the Capital Improvement Committee for capital expenditures as well as project funding requests to the Community Preservation Committee.

By Tuesday December 31, per the Hopkinton Town Charter, all preliminary budget requests are due to the Town Manager and all financial articles are due to the Town Manager/Board of Selectmen. The School Committee will hold a public hearing at the end of January – date to be decided – to present their budget.

Following the rest of the dates established by the Charter, the Town Manager’s comprehensive budget must be submitted to the Board of Selectmen by February 25, 2014 and from there, once finalized, the budget will move to the Appropriations Committee for their review.

Again, following the dictates of the Town Charter, on or before Friday, April 25, 2014, the Appropriations Committee will close its public hearings on the proposed budget and print its recommendations with 10 days to go to the Annual Town Meeting which is scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2014.

While the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year is just beginning and the budget message is yet to be determined, some of the selectmen have already made their preferences heard.

“I do not want us to be sending a message that it’s gotta be a flat budget from last year,” said Todd Cestari. “I want our department heads telling us how we can start improving our services or what they need to maintain the current level of services and just keep things moving in a positive direction. I don’t want us to get to the point where we are cutting through the bone.”

Also discussed by the board was an issue raised by Brian Herr; the practice of establishing an ad hoc budget committee or working group that includes members from various boards and committees. Herr wanted to know if that type of group would be used this year in the budget process saying that he felt it improved communication between the departments and made the budget process less tense. Khumalo responded that he preferred for the group to be used only if necessary.

“My approach here has been that if there are issues that need to be resolved, we can call that group together quickly,” said Khumalo.

“While I appreciate that it’s the tool in the box,” said Herr. “I’d like to see that tool exercised if at all possible.”

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