Government

Hopkinton An Integral Part of Iwo Jima Celebration at State House

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Hopkinton artist Dustin Neece and local Marines Bob Lavoie and John Cahill for a viewing of Neece’s large scale painting of the Battle of Iwo Jima as part of the Iwo Jima Day Celebration held at the State House on February 17. Neece’s painting is currently on exhibit by the Grand Staircase at the State House after being on display in the Marine Corps Commandant’s office for several months.

DISC Meeting Re-Scheduled

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

An upcoming meeting of the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) has been rescheduled. The February 21 meeting, a regular committee meeting which fell during school vacation week, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 29 at 7PM in Town Hall.

At this meeting, DISC will be brought up to date with all residents' feedback that was collected during the two public hearings held on Thursday, February 9 and Thursday, February 16. The DISC will also discuss and determine next steps in presenting the Project to the Board of Selectmen.

Joseph Kennedy III Running for 4th Congressional District

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Joseph Kennedy III, the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, officially announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District.

Kennedy recently moved from Cambridge to Brookline, part of the state's newly redrawn 4th Congressional District. Hopkinton, previously in the 3rd Congressional District represented by Jim McGovern, is now in the 4th District which stretches from Brookline to Fall River.

Click Here to watch his video announcement.

Ken Weismantel Announces Re-election Bid for Planning Board

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Ken Weismantel, 145 Ash Street, announced today that he is seeking re-election to the Hopkinton Planning Board.

“I am running for re-election to continue the permitting process of Legacy Farms and continue the efforts to attract new businesses to Hopkinton. The purpose is to increase the town’s commercial tax base while maintaining our town’s character. As the Planning Board Chairman, I have first-hand knowledge of the town’s zoning and permitting procedures. This experience is essential to attainment of the town’s master plan goals and financial stability.”

Ken Weismantel Announces Re-election Bid for Planning Board

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Ken Weismantel, 145 Ash Street, announced today that he is seeking re-election to the Hopkinton Planning Board.

“I am running for re-election to continue the permitting process of Legacy Farms and continue the efforts to attract new businesses to Hopkinton. The purpose is to increase the town’s commercial tax base while maintaining our town’s character. As the Planning Board Chairman, I have first-hand knowledge of the town’s zoning and permitting procedures. This experience is essential to attainment of the town’s master plan goals and financial stability.”

Capital Improvement Committee Votes Recommendations Tonight

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

The Capital Improvements Committee (CIC) meets tonight at 6:30PM in Room 215 at Town Hall. According to their posted agenda, the commitee will vote on the preliminary list of capital projects and make their recommendations on which projects they support for the annual Town Meeting in May.

As of the January 17th meeting of the Board of Selectmen, where CIC Chairman James Gosselin presented a preliminary capital budget for FY2013, capital projects totalled $8.2 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

Iwo Jima Day - MA State House February 17

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Iwo Jima Anniversary Event to be held at the Massachusetts State House on Friday, February 17, 2012.

IWO JIMA DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:00 AM Parade forms at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
11:30 AM Parade steps off and proceeds to State House
12:00 PM Prayer, firing, taps outside State House
12:15 PM Parade disbands
12:30 PM Ceremony in Memorial Hall
1:30 PM Ceremony concludes
1:35 PM Collation in Hall of Flags

Governor Signs Executive Order Requiring Performance Management Across State Government, Mandates Strategic Plans and Performance Reporting for all Executive Agencies

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Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to increasing government efficiency and accountability, Governor Deval Patrick delivered the keynote address today at a conference on performance management in government hosted by the Edwin J. Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Message From Fire Chief: Proper Disposal of Ashes

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According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, recent outside fires and structural fires in Hopkinton and in surrounding communities due to the improper disposal of wood stove and fire place ashes have been identified. Please review the attached recommended action item to insure the safety of your family and property.

Safety Action: Proper Disposal of Fire Place and Wood Stove Ashes

ALERT: MBTA Framingham Public Workshop - TODAY!

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On January 3, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) released fare increase and service reduction proposals for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) aimed at closing a projected $161 million budget gap for Fiscal Year 2013.

In Fiscal Year 2013, revenues are estimated to be about $185 million below operating costs. Over the next few months, the MBTA must make decisions that will impact fares and service in order to maintain financial stability.