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2012 Annual Town Meeting: Night 3 Recap

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

The third night of Hopkinton’s 2012 Annual Town Meeting took a little longer to get started, as there was a short wait for a quorum. Beginning with Article 41, the meeting once again lasted until 11PM at which time the final article was voted and the meeting was adjourned until the day of the Annual Town Election on Monday, May 21, 2012.

The third night of Town Meeting dealt primarily with general bylaw and zoning bylaw amendments and administrative matters.

Sixteen Hopkinton Students Place at State Level - Three More Move on to National PTA Reflections Program

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Students from schools across Massachusetts were honored on April 28th at the Fitchburg Art Museum for placing at the state level of the National Reflections Program competition.

Sixteen Hopkinton students placed at the state level and received awards for arts excellence and achievement through the National PTA Reflections program.

Three students placed first in their categories: Helen Gao, Matthew Paolucci, and Sean Walker. These students will move onto the national level of competition.

Brian Herr Appointed to Downtown Initiative Steering Committee

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

Voted at the April 24th meeting of the Board of Selectmen, and announced today via email from the Town Manger's office, Brian Herr of 31 Elizabeth Road, has been appointed to the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) for a term of three years. Herr was sworn in by the Town Clerk's office, today, May 9th and his appointment to DISC is now official.

The official document from the Town Clerk's Office is attached below:

Brian Herr Appointed to Downtown Initiative Steering Committee

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

Voted at the April 24th meeting of the Board of Selectmen, and announced today via email from the Town Manger's office, Brian Herr of 31 Elizabeth Road, has been appointed to the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) for a term of three years. Herr was sworn in by the Town Clerk's office, today, May 9th and his appointment to DISC is now official.

The official document from the Town Clerk's Office is attached below:

May 2012 Town Meeting Recap: Second Night

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

Beginning with Article 24: High School track Renovation, Hopkinton’s annual Town Meeting entered its second night of voting. The cost associated with the renovation totalled $278,500 and both the Appropriation and Capital Improvement Committees recommended this article. After some debate and questions about cost and the life of the renovations, the article passed with the required two-thirds majority. Requires approval at ballot on May 21.

Patrick-Murray Administration Publishes First Long-Term Fiscal Policy Framework

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In keeping with the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to responsible fiscal management, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance today released the Commonwealth’s first formal policy to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability. The Long-Term Fiscal Policy Framework includes five-year budgetary forecasts, identifies the fiscal challenges to sustaining vital government programs, and articulates specific policies to address these challenges.

Supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee

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I am supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee because of her proven commitment to excellence in the Hopkinton Schools.

I have worked with Jean in multiple capacities over the past 10 years including serving under her leadership on the Superintendent Steering Committee, co-chairing school fundraising events, and collaborating when our tenures of president of the HPTA and Education Foundation overlapped. I have been impressed with her knowledge of the schools, ability to build consensus, and efficiency in managing tasks.

In Support of Jean Bertschmann for School Committee

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I am writing to express my support for Jean Bertschmann for School Committee because I believe her experience and qualifications make her an outstanding candidate for this position. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Jean in the HPTA where she served as president, on the HHS School Council, and as the School Committee representative on the beFREE! Coalition which I co-chair.