Student Government Breakfast March 23

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

The Annual Student Government Breakfast is Friday, March 23, from 7:25 - 8:30 AM in the Hopkinton HS Cafeteria. All local government officials are invited to attend, and asked to RSVP as soon as possible to the Selectmen’s Office.

The breakfast is the culminating event in the Local Government Project at Hopkinton High School where students shadow a department, committee or local board to learn firsthand how local government works. The breakfast is an opportunity for students to mingle with local and state officials to discuss what they have learned.

Prohibited Parking on Marathon Day

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The Board of Selectmen approved Police Chief Flannery’s request at it's March 20, 2012 meeting to prohibit parking motor vehicles or trailers on all public ways in the Town of Hopkinton from 5:00 AM until 1:00 PM on the day of the Boston Marathon, April 16 2012, unless the vehicles have a permit issued by the Police Department. The prohibition will be enforced only on public ways critical to supporting the start of the race.

Sergeant Joseph Bennett Completes First Line Supervisor Training

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The Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, recently recognized Sergeant Joseph Bennett of the Hopkinton, MA Police Department
for the successful completion of the “Command Training Series: First Line Supervisor Course,”a two-week comprehensive training program for police supervisory personnel.

North Street Closure

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Please be advised that the Water Department will berepairing a water main in the vicinity of #5 North Street, on Wednesday, March21st. The work will begin at 9:00 AM after the school buses have completed their pickups. Due to the narrow width of the road and the water main location, it will be necessary to close the road at this location and vehicles will not be able to pass.

Planning Board at Middle School on Monday

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

The next meeting of the Hopkinton Planning Board is scheduled for Monday, March 12 at 7:30. Please note location change to the Middle School Lecture Room. Beginning at 7:45PM, there will be a public hearing on Legacy Farms Private Waste Water Treatment Facility Site Plan Review. The location was changed to accommodate a larger crowd as attendance at the public hearing is expected to be higher than a regular Planning Board meeting.
The complete agenda for Monday's meeting is attached below.

Board of Selectmen to Discuss FY2013 Budget on Wednesday

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

The next meeting of the Board of Selectmen is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 beginning at 6PM. In addition to considering an application for a one-day live entertainment for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, the board will also consider approving the FY2013 Operational Budget for submittal to the Appropriation Committee

To see the full portfolio of documents for Tuesday's meeting, Click Here.

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Holds at 6.9 Percent

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported on March 8 that the preliminary January 2012 estimates show that Massachusetts added 6,600 jobs over the month, for a total of 3,218,400 jobs. The total unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, unchanged from the revised December 2011 rate and well below the national rate of 8.3 percent. It is the lowest monthly rate since December 2008.