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Video: Hopkinton Women's Club Meet the Candidates Night

The Hopkinton Women's Club hosted their annual Meet The Candidates night at HCAM. The program is meant to introduce town election candidates to the community. View this years candidates and watch the entire broadcast below.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race
Brendan T. Tedstone
Michael P. Umina, Sr.
Margaret A. Wiggin
Claire B. Wright

TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race
Bruce G. Karlin
Thomas J. Garabedian

TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race
Connor B. Degan
Henry R. Kunicki

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Mary Jo LaFreniere

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Philip A. Cohen
Jennifer C. Flanagan

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
Michael J. McNamara
Susan E. Porter

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
John L. Palmer

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Maureen Bumiller

CONSTABLE, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race
Michael P. Umina, Sr.
Michael A. Hayes

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race
Nancy E. Kelleigh,
Emily R. D’Urso,

COMMISSIONERS OF PARKS & RECREATION, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race
F. Eric Sonnett,
Kelly W. Karp,

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2
Clifford D. Kistner,
David M. Paul,

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Nancy M. Richards-Cavanaugh

Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 16.

The Hopkinton Women's Club Meet the Candidates Night TONIGHT, April 27 at 7:00 PM

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The Hopkinton Women's Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at 7:00 PM in the HCAM-TV studio. We encourage townspeople to attend and ask questions of those citizens running for office in the May 16th Town Election. Home viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates using a phone number posted on the TV screen. Questions can also be e-mailed ahead of time or that evening to live@hcam.tv.

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Video: Watch 4th Annual Educate Hopkinton's Know Your Vote

In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, eHop (Educate, Engage, Empower Hopkinton) hosted their 4th Annual “Know Your Vote” live interactive call-in show on Monday, April 25 on HCAM-TV. The program will re-air on (Comcast 8/Verizon 30) at times tbd.

Panelists included: Town Moderator Bruce Karlin, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko, School Committee Chair Ellen Scordino and Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel. For information about what will be on the Town Meeting agenda, you can read the Town Meeting Warrant here.

View the full program below.

The 4th Annual Know Your Vote Forum TONIGHT, April 25 at 6:30 PM

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In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, eHop (Educate, Engage, Empower Hopkinton) will be hosting its 4th Annual “Know Your Vote” live interactive call-in show on Monday, April 25 at 6:30-8:00 pm on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30). This is your chance to get the answers you need from town officials before Town Meeting.

Absentee Ballots for Town Election Available

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Absentee Ballots for the May 16, 2016 Town Election are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots are for those registered voters who will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to: (1) absence from town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief.

Hopkinton Schools and Safety Ranks Among Highest in the Country

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Safewise.com analyzes all FBI crime statistics from all 50 states to find which communities are the safest. The 2 main statistics are violent crimes per every 1,000 residents and property crimes per every 1,000 residents. This years safewise rankings rated Hopkinton as the 8th safest community in the country. Last year in this poll Hopkinton was ranked 70th safest in the country.

Town of Hopkinton Seeks a Full-Time (40 hours per week) Administrative Assistant for its Land Use, Planning & Permitting Department

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Under the direct supervision of the Director of Land Use & Town Operations, the Administrative Assistant will provide administrative and clerical support to the Land Use Department and the Community Preservation Committee. Administrative responsibilities include but not limited to, transcribing and processing minutes for the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) meetings; maintaining CPC files; processing of invoices, budget monitoring and maintaining spreadsheets.

Town of Hopkinton Seeks a Full-Time (40 hours per week) Administrative Manager for its Police Department

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Under the direct supervision of the Police Chief, the Administrative Manager will provide administrative support to the Police Department.

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Video: HCAM News Interviews Fire Chief Stephen Slaman

HCAM news recently talked to Hopkinton Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman. At the April 5th Selectmen meeting, the Board approved Slaman as the Chief on a permanent basis. Stephen Slaman was the final candidate in the initial search process after the other final candidate, current Framingham Chief, Gary Daugherty dropped his candidacy just prior to a Selectmen meeting in December.

Selectmen initially decided to reopen the search process while appointing Stephen Slaman as Interim Chief. Many residents expressed disagreement with the decision to reopen the search process during the public forum at the following meeting in January. Selectmen readdressed the Fire Chief position at the January 5th meeting and decided to appoint Stephen Slaman as Fire Chief until the final day in March and in the meantime decide if the search process should be reopened.

At the April 5th meeting, Selectmen complimented and expressed satisfaction with Stephen Slaman and officially appointed him Hopkinton Chief on a permanent basis. I asked Chief Stephen Slaman his thoughts about the process; "I knew they had to look hard, the Fire Chief spot is the top spot and I knew they needed to make sure they had the right person in the top spot. For me, I knew I had to do my work and bring my A game...it wasn't such a struggle for me, I kind of understood where they were"

Hear more of the interview with Fire Chief, Stephen Slaman below as he discusses the transition into the Fire Chief role and the Fire Department's role in preparing for the Boston Marathon.

Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Caucus Nominates Experienced Candidates

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In the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Caucus on Friday April 8th, experienced candidates were nominated for town elected positions. Claire Wright was endorsed for Board of Selectmen, Henry Kunicki for Town Clerk, Tom Garabedian for Town Moderator, Eric Sonnett for Parks and Recreation, Nancy Kelleigh for Hopkinton Housing Authority, Philip Cohen for Board of Health and Cliff Kistner for Planning Board.
Sonnett, Kelleigh and Cohen are all running for re-election to their current positions.

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