Hopkinton Selectmen Announce Final Fire Chief Candidates

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The Hopkinton Fire Chief Search Committee concluded its work last night by recommending two candidates to the Board of Selectman: Hopkinton Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Slaman, and Framingham Fire Chief (and former Hopkinton Fire Chief) Gary Daugherty.

Current Chief Ken Clark plans to retire in January of 2016.

Representing the Search Committee were Selectman John Mosher, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Human Resources Director Maria Casey, Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire, and Personnel Committee Chairman Bob Levenson who served as Chair of the Committee.

Senator Spilka Honored for Juvenile Justice Leadership

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(BOSTON) – Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) received the 2015 Leadership Award from Citizens for Juvenile Justice at the organization’s annual Leadership Celebration last week, in recognition of her work to reform the juvenile justice system, invest in children and support communities in Massachusetts.

Special Town Election Results 11-9-2015

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After passing the special town meeting last week, the $43,229,373 elementary school project passed the special town election 1211-431. A grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority will pay $14,058,457 (nearly 33% of cost) toward the project but the cost to the town will be $29,170,916. The new school is slated to open in Fall 2018. The average household will pay approximately $435/year in taxes. The school is set to be built on the "Irvine Property" located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street.

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26.2 Foundation Proposes New Cross Country Facility and more at Board of Selectmen

The desire to inspire program will enter it's 3rd year at Hopkinton Middle School. The program implemented a marathon based curriculum for students and relates the marathon to school courses such as math and history. One of the goals of the program is to inspire students to achieve a goal. Last year each student wrote a goal they are hoping to achieve during the year and it was posted around the school leading to the Marathon. The Middle School also implemented the desire to inspire 2.62 mile run or walk which each student participates in. You can see highlights from last years here.

In the below video Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation, Tim Kilduff gave an update about the program to the Board of Selectmen. Kilduff stated in the presentation that "Hopkinton has a running footprint" he pointed out cross country participation has risen significantly and the Middle School has "90 participants". Kilduff mentioned that the 26.2 foundation is looking to build a new cross country course and eventually a Boston Marathon Center.

Chair of the Selectmen Ben Palleiko praised the 26.2 Foundation for constantly keeping in contact with the happenings of the program and their goals "of all the private groups we work with in this private public kind of way, you're by far the best at coming in, telling us what's going on, telling us what you've done, telling us what you need from's great that you come in and have an ask, we like it when people come in and we can do things".

The Selectmen unanimously felt the cross country course would be a great addition to the trails and the community. Palleiko stated; "anything that enhances the trail network, the community will like." Kilduff mentioned that the 26.2 foundation plans to use private money to fund the project.

For more details check out the video below!

The Town of Hopkinton seeks a Full-Time Treasurer/Collector for its Finance Department

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Under the direction of the Finance Director the Treasurer/Collector provides professional administrative and supervisory work involving the collection, receipt, expenditure and custody of all municipal funds, the borrowing of money, and the custody of tax title properties. The principal will exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in the planning, administration, and execution of the department’s services; the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, and procedures, and in the direction of personnel.

Charter Commission Committee Volunteer Announcement

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Pursuant to Town Charter provision 76

(“Periodic Charter Review”), the Town Clerk is
encouraging all residents who are interested in being considered as a member of the Charter
Commission Committee to apply now. The Town Clerk is announcing the start of the periodic
charter review process.

Governor Baker Announces Higher Education Appointments

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BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today appointed new members of the boards of trustees at Framingham State University and Worcester State University.

“I am thrilled to appoint these distinguished leaders to our Commonwealth’s higher education boards,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Their breadth and depth of experience both in their careers and philanthropic activities will be - and in many cases, continue to be - invaluable to our universities.”

Winter Parking Ban Starts November 15th

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The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Town of Hopkinton Seeks a Full-Time Water Technician for its DPW Department

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This position performs work related to the installation, maintenance and repair of public water distribution system to commercial, residential and public properties. The Water Service Technician not only operates heavy machinery but performs a full range of complex tasks and works within established procedures and/or policies. At this level, incumbent serves as secondary Drinking Water License Operator and works with occasional instruction or assistance.

Town of Hopkinton Seeks a Full-Time Heavy Equipment Operator for its DPW Department

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This position will work under the supervision of a Highway Manager. Operates a variety of motor driven vehicles and equipment including trucks with a rated capacity of more than 26,001 lbs. G.V.W. (Gross Vehicle Weight), tractors, road sweepers, etc. in the provision of public works services; performs all other related work as required.


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