Governor's Budget Reforms and Ends Structural Deficit

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Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed $30.5 billion FY12 budget is a fiscally responsible document designed not only to be a balanced budget but also to remove structural deficits from this and future budgets. The budget proposes spending that is about $570 million less than current FY11 spending.

Trash & Recycling Postponed for Wednesday

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Trash & Recycling collection in the Town of Hopkinton is on the REGULAR SCHEDULE for Tuesday, February 1st, and has been POSTPONED for Wednesday, February 2nd due to the expected snow storms.

All trash and recycling collections beginning with Wednesday will be delayed by one day.

If your regular pick up day is Wednesday, it will be Thursday.
Please have all materials at the curb by 9:00 AM.

If your regular pick up day is Thursday, it will now be Friday.
Please have all materials at the curb by 7:00 AM.

If your regular pick up day is Friday, it will now be Saturday.

Representative Dykema Named to Four Committees

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Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) is proud to announce that she will serve on four legislative committees for the upcoming two-year session. Rep. Dykema will join, for the first time, the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Joint Committee on Public Health. She will also continue serving on the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture and the Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs.

Wood Street Garage Building Collapses

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Highway Mike Mansir reports that the building at the Highway Department Garage on Wood Street, known as the "pole barn", collapsed today under the weight of the snow.

"It was close to collapse when the building inspector gave the order to pull the rest down." said Mansir. " The fire department used a the rescue truck with a winch to finish the job."

New DPW Director to Start on February 14th

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Hopkinton has a new Director of Public Works. Selectmen confirmed the appointment of John Westerling at their January 25th meeting. Westerling will start work in Hopkinton on Monday, February 14th.

Before the vote of the board, Town Manager Norman Khumalo described Westerling as a “champion of civic benefit and a tireless advocate of public works.”

“He brings to this very challenging position a clarity of thinking and a very dedicated commitment to good customer service,” said Khumalo.

Dourney Not Seeking Re-election in May

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RJ Dourney announced today he would not be running for re-election to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen here in Hopkinton. His current term will end May 16th, 2011.

Senator Karen Spilka Re-Appointed Chair of Economic Development

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Confirming the need for engaged and steadfast leadership during challenging economic times, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) was re-appointed the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies by Senate President Therese Murray yesterday. Having served for the past two years as Chair, the appointment means that Senator Spilka will serve in that capacity for another two year term.

Legislative Package To Address Domestic Violence

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A comprehensive Domestic Violence legislative package aimed at addressing domestic violence and increasing the penalties against repeat, violent batterers was filed by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and State Representative Kate Hogan today.

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Come See Your Local Town Government in Action!

Watch the HCAM News video with Town Manager Norman Khumalo and his Operations Assistant Geri Holland as they preview the agenda for the January 25th Board of Selectmen's meeting.

Open Offices for the May 16, 2011 Town Election

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From the office of the Town Clerk, Ann Click:

Last day to file nomination papers: Monday, March 28
Last day to object or withdraw: Wednesday, April 13
Last day to register to vote for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election: Tuesday, April 12
Annual Town Meeting: Monday, May 2
Annual Town Election: Monday, May 16

Nomination forms are available in the Town Clerks Office.


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