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By-Law Change Removed from Warrant (Video Segment Included)

A zoning by-law change that had the potential to kick disputed Planning Board decisions up into the court system has been tabled.

The appeal process change, proposed by the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC), was removed from the Town Meeting warrant at the March 14th public hearing held by the Planning Board, after a packed meeting room voiced their unified disapproval of the action.

Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours

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Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding office hours this month throughout the 8th Middlesex District. She will be in Hopkinton on Friday, March 18th from 12:30 t0 1:30pm at Bill's Pizza, 14 Main Street.

Office hours for surrounding towns are listed below:

Holliston
Monday March 21st, 2-3pm
Holliston Public Library, local history room
752 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746

Southborough
Monday, March 21st, 10:30-11:30am
Red Barn Coffee Roasters
205 Turnpike Rd
Southborough, MA 01772

Westborough
Monday, March 21st, 9:00-10:00am
Tatnuck Bookseller

Selectmen Review Budget and Tax Burden Projections

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With a looming deadline of early next week, the Board of Selectmen continued the process of reviewing the FY2012 budget submitted to them by Town Manager Norman Khumalo.

Meeting without the Appropriations Committee and the School Committee, the Board got a preliminary view of eleven pages of budgetary detail presented by Town Manager Khumalo and Finance Director Heidi Kriger. After the overview, they sharpened their pencils and took a closer look at every line item expense in the $63 million dollar budget to determine which items would stay in and which would come out.

Planning Board to Hold Public Hearing

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The Planning Board of the Town of Hopkinton will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map. The public hearing will be held at the Town Hall, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA, on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. The subject matter of the proposed amendments is below.

Selectmen Vote YES to Support School Article

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Clearing the last major hurdle before the Special Town Meeting vote, the Fruit Street Elementary School project won approval from the Board of Selectmen at their March 8th meeting.

Following a lengthy budget discussion on Tuesday night's meeting, the Board voted 4-1 to endorse and support the article on the Special Town Meeting warrant that would fund the building of a new elementary school on Fruit Street.

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Ken Driscoll and Brian Eberlin Announce for Parks and Recreation

Two Republican candidates took out papers today for open positions on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Current Chairman Ken Driscoll is seeking re-election and Brian Eberlin, who served on the Commission from 2003 through 2009, is hoping to return to public service.

“I am running again to finish some of the good that we have started and it would be a privilege to continue to serve the residents of Hopkinton and particularly the youth of our community” said Driscoll.

Town Manager’s FY2012 Budget Needs More Work

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Last night's Board of Selectmen meeting produced a few surprises as the board took a second look at Town Manager Norman Khumalo's recommended FY12 budget.

Student Government Breakfast March 25

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The Student Government Week Breakfast will be on Friday, March 25, from 7:25 – 8:30 AM in the High School Cafeteria. All local government officials are invited to attend, and asked to RSVP as soon as possible to the Selectmen’s Office. As of now, Congressman James McGovern, State Senator Karen Spilka, and State Representative Carolyn Dykema are also planning to attend.

Republican Candidate for Planning Board Announces

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Republican Brian Karp of Nicholas Road officially announced today that he is seeking election to one of the two five-year term positions on the Planning Board.

Blue Sky Session Looks To Downtown Improvements

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Buried utility lines, traffic calming, and intersection improvements were some of the major topics discussed last Saturday morning March 5th at the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee's (DISC) Blue Sky session. The meeting was the first step in the coordination process between the Town and the downtown improvement design team.

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