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M. Lorraine Sniffen passes.

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M. Lorraine Sniffen, Venice, FL passed away Monday, December 9, 2019, following a brief illness. Born in Framingham, MA she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Robertson) Irvine of Hopkinton, MA..

Chamber of Commerce: Moving the Downtown Corridor Project Forward

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The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to urge your attendance at that this evening's (Dec. 9) Special Town Meeting to be held at Hopkinton Middle School beginning at 7 pm.

After years of study and extensive public input it is time to move the much-needed Downtown Corridor Project forward and your attendance and support Monday evening will allow that to happen. Please see the link below (Citizens Advocacy Group) prepared by Citizens Advocacy Group FOR the Main Street Corridor Project, Hopkinton, MA, which stresses the importance of your participation.

Editorial: No to Downtown Corridor Project by Rob Phipps

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Early proponents of the Downtown Corridor Project described Hopkinton`s Main Street as unattractive, dysfunctional, unsafe for pedestrians, and suffering from dangerous traffic congestion. Ten years of promotion by town officials and Chamber of Commerce plus innumerable D.O.T. design engineering alterations attempting to alleviate traffic and improve safety, have been continually thwarted by the downtown area`s unalterably diversified topography.

Editorial: No to Downtown Corridor Project by Ed Harrow

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I agree with a recent letter writer, please come to Hopkinton’s Special Town Meeting this Monday. This is a very significant project for this growing community, but it is not clear that it will accomplish all the stated and very desirable goals.

VHB, “As directed by the Town” (Letter dated 26 Nov) wrote me a two-page letter and, when all was said and done, “separated bicycle lanes have become so common” (Indeed, I have a data base of over 600), one would think it would have been possible, over the past two years, to find one featuring:

Editorial: No to Downtown Corridor Project by Dale T. Danahy

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I would like to correct Jane Moran’s comments that “this conversation has been on going since the 1950’s when the State first identified the downtown intersection needed improvement.” Think about that: in the 1950’s Hopkinton’s population was under 3,000 residents, most of whom did not own a car. It was truly a farming community then with several families owning 100+ acres actively farming them. You could cross ANY street in town without seeing a car pass for hours. There were more tractors on the road than cars.

Editorial: Halt the Fiasco by Margaret Barton

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Sow and Sow

The notion of beautifying a truck-run (Main St.) by burying the power lines is ludicrous. I don’t loiter in the street gazing heavenward counting the wires or lack thereof- I’m busy focusing at ground level, bent on escaping with my life!

You want to improve downtown? Start awarding traffic tickets to worthy recipients- Enact a 20mph limit, and ENFORCE IT. And even more basic, STOP the over-building and rampant development of this town, thus exacerbating the very traffic jam-ups you now don’t know how to deal with.

Editorial: Yes for Main Street Corridor Project

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You are needed Monday night at 7PM in Middle School for Special Town meeting:

Town Meeting can be an unpredictable forum – only those attending call the shots:
The article on easements requires only a 50% threshold to stop the town’s well planned and fully funded Main Street improvements.
Many important Town Meeting articles over the years have passed or failed by a SINGLE vote. Don’t let that ONE VOTE be yours – please show up to ensure the broadest community interest is represented!

Some highlights and links below:

Editorial: No for Downtown Corridor Project

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Merriam-Webster defines a legal taking as, “a seizure of private property or a substantial deprivation of
the right to its free use or enjoyment that is caused by government action ...” It is my opinion that
easements on private property, whether temporary or permanent, are a deprivation of the free use of
property, and are in fact, a taking.

Main Street Alliance will Discuss Our Petition to Stop Hopkinton's "Main Street Corridor" Project on WBZ AM 1030 Radio

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The Main Street Alliance is excited to announce that our story will be featured on Nightside with Dan Rea on Thursday, December 5, 2019, starting at 8 p.m.

Please tune in at 8 p.m. on WBZ NewsRadio, radio dial 1030 AM, or listen online at https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com. Rob Phipps and Jacqueline Potenzone will be Dan Rea's guests in the studio, and will speak about the Main Street Alliance's opposition to the Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project.

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