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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A Moment of Silence

District administrators and members of the School Committee began their Thursday, September 19 meeting with a moment of silence in honor of Shayne Desroches. Watch the HCAM News video clip from the meeting to see the tribute. The staff at HCAM joins the rest of the community in offering our condolences to Shayne's family.

Sept 21: Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Returns for 8th Season

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September 21st is the kick-off date for the 8th season of Wake up and Smell the Poetry at the HCAM-TV Studio in Hopkinton. Welcome back to a new season of honoring the art of poetry, story and song and the opportunity to gather, contribute and be inspired by one another.

In just two weeks we look forward to getting started with our first program of the 8th season with guest features Gene McCarthy, Mwalim and Rick Drost.

Senator Spilka, Rep. Roy and Senator Warren Tour EMC’s Franklin Manufacturing Plant

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State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), State Representative Jeff Roy (D-Franklin) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren toured the EMC Corporation manufacturing plant in Franklin this afternoon. The legislators met with executives to discuss EMC’s latest innovations in data storage and security, followed by a tour of the plant. Senator Warren then addressed employees in a town hall style discussion.

Chief of Police Job Posting Set for September 23

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The Police Chief Search Committee, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, has been meeting to
move forward the recruitment and selection of a Police Chief, to replace Chief Flannery who
retired on June 30, 2013.

“This is a critical hire for the Community and the Committee will be thorough in conducting a very
careful, thoughtful, and deliberate process, to ensure the right candidate(s) for the Office of Chief
of Police is presented to the Board of Selectmen,” says Bob Levenson, Chair of the Search

HHS Principal Mike Cournoyer on Leave of Absence

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According to an article posted on the MetroWest Daily News website this morning, Hopkinton High School Principal Mike Cournoyer is on leave of absence effective Thursday, September 19. In answer to an email inquiry by HCAM News, School Committee Chairman Nancy Burdick confirmed that Cournoyer is on leave and that Assistant Principal Evan Bishop is "filling in for the time being."

Representative Dykema Calls for Increased Funding to Cities and Towns for Water Infrastructure

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Representative Carolyn Dykema testified before the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture yesterday calling for more funding to be allocated to cities and towns for water infrastructure investment. The hearing was focused on the Environment Bond Bill which is a five-year blueprint for investing in environmental assets across the Commonwealth.


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