Flamingos are Back in Hopkinton

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They’re back! Under the cover of darkness eHop will once again be herding a flock of 24 friendly flamingos around town. To join in on the fun, send a flock to a friend! Visit our website shop to order or simply email Tara Sanda and she can help you out at tarasanda@ehop01748.org.

What are we fundraising for?

We’re glad you asked. eHop’s mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement. In recent years our flock earned us banners, yard signs, and social media publicity to raise awareness about Town Meetings.  This past year we were also able to host forums on:

  • Water and the Drought
  • Traffic & Pedestrian Safety
  • As well as our 5th Annual “Know Your Vote” pre-town meeting show

We hope to continue to do even more next year! So have a little fun, send a flock to a friend and support awareness of town issues!

Click here to Flock a Friend!

eHop Annual Meeting Notice 2017

The eHop Annual Member Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 12:00 PM. All subscribers and members are welcome to attend. We are planning to meet at a restaurant, so we will need an accurate headcount, please RSVP to nandabarkerhook@ehop01748.org by midday June 13. The exact location will be sent to all those who RSVP. Anyone interested in getting more involved with eHop is encouraged to attend or to reach out to any eHop Board Member for more information. We would especially love to have more help with flocking!

Continue reading eHop Annual Meeting Notice 2017

Volunteer Openings on Hopkinton Town Committees

Town Hall

The following Vacancies (see below) are open and available to all Hopkinton residents. Interested residents should apply by 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 via the online volunteer form at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug. If the board or committee name is not listed on the form, please be sure to fill in the name of the Board/Committee you are interested in applying for. Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Board or committee qualifications: Hopkinton resident. Special qualifications for positions, if any, are noted in the list:

  • ADA Oversight Committee (3 year term)
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board (2 year term)
  • Board of Registrar of Voters (Please contact Democratic or Republican Town Committee)
  • Cable Advisory Committee (3 year term)
  • Conservation Commission (3 year term)
  • Council on Aging (Associate) (1 year term)
  • Cultural Council (3 year term)
  • Fence Viewer (one year term) (Town Manager appointment)
  • Field Inspector (one year term) (Town Manager appointment)
  • HCAM Board of Directors (3 year term)
  • Historical Commission (3 year term) (2 vacancies)
  • Marathon Committee (3 year term)
  • Permanent Building Committee (3 year term) (2 vacancies)
  • Personnel Committee (3 year term) (2 vacancies)
  • Surveyor of Wood, Lumber & Bark (1 year term) (Town Manager appointment)
  • Tax Relief Committee (1 year term) (2 vacancies)

Town Election & Ballot Question Results 2017

Town Election 2017 Word Cloud

A total of 2,405 ballots were cast, of the total number of 11,696 registered voters, which is a turnout of a little over 20%. Click to view full results by precinct.

Contested Races on the May 15, 2017 Ballot

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years – Vote for 1
  • John M Coutinho, 1 David Joseph Road, Candidate for Re-election, Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers 1204
  • Amman Ali Haidri, 7 Spring Lane, Democratic Caucus Nominee 1126
Planning Board, 5 Years – Vote for 2
  • Kenneth R. Weismantel, 145 Ash Street, Candidate for Re-election, Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 925
  • Muriel E. Kramer, 39 North Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1148
  • Amy B. Ritterbusch, 54 Grove Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1364
  • Gary B. Trendel, 31 Chamberlain Street, Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1032
Planning Board, 1 Year – Vote for 1
  • Irfan Nasrullah, 211 Winter St, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1253
  • Al Alfred W. Rogers Jr., 4 Laurel Ave, Republican Caucus Nominee –945
Commissioners of Parks & Recreation, 3 Years – Vote for 2
  • Laura W. Hanson, 19 North Mill Street, Candidate for Re-election
    Democratic Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1613
  • Amy K. Markovich, 235 Lumber Street, Candidate for Re-election
    Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1267
  • Christina M. Anderson, 7 Meserve Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1044
Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years – Vote for 2
  • June A. Harris, 185 Saddle Hill Road, Candidate for Re-election, Republican Caucus Nominee – 1050
  • Stanley D. Pulnik, 11 Downey Street, Candidate for Re-election, Nomination Papers – 716
  • Susan M. Kurys, 29 Forest Lane, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1047
  • Margaret A. Wiggin, 5 Cross Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1320

Ballot Questions:

QUESTION 1: Charter Changes
Shall the Town of Hopkinton approve the charter amendment proposed by the Town Meeting, summarized below? The proposed changes to the Hopkinton Home Rule Charter include technical updates throughout to reflect current Town practice.

  • Yes 1785
  • No 375

QUESTION 2: Appointed Constables
Shall the Town of Hopkinton vote to have its elected Constables become appointed Constables of the Town?

  • Yes 773
  • No 1378

QUESTION 3: Underride
Shall the Town of Hopkinton be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and seventeen by an amount equal to $1,500,000?

  • Yes 1609
  • No 601

QUESTION 4: Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming
Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund design and construction of traffic and pedestrian safety improvements on Hayden Rowe?

  • Yes 1382
  • No 866

QUESTION 5: Fire Station HVAC
Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to repair the HVAC system on the Main St. Fire Station roof?

  • Yes  1561
  • No 658

QUESTION 6: Prohibit Marijuana Establishments
Shall the Town be authorized to prohibit, from all zoning districts within the Town, marijuana establishments as defined in Section 1(j) of Chapter 94G of the Massachusetts General Laws, including commercial marijuana cultivators, marijuana testing facilities, marijuana product manufacturers, marijuana retailers, and any other type of marijuana-related businesses, but excluding Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries as defined in Article XXXIII of the Zoning Bylaw?

  • Yes 1656
  • No 666

Uncontested Offices on the May 15 Ballot

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Lya Batlle-Rafferty, Democrat 1723

Board of Assessors, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Lesley Ficarri, Democrat 1727

Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Elizabeth Whittemore, Democrat 1729

Board of Health, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Michael King, Democrat 1710

Board of Library Trustees, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Jessica King, Democrat 1708

Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Claire Wright, Republican (incumbent) 1704

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Muriel Kramer, Democrat 1754

Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Ed Millis, Democrat 1677

Constable, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Francis J. D’Urso, Jr., Democrat 1601

Hopkinton Housing Authority, 5 Years, 1 Seat

  • Rebeka Hoffman, Democrat 1678

Planning Board, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Kelly Karp, Democrat 1702

School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Meenakshi Bharath, Unenrolled 1307
  • Jennifer Devlin, Democrat 1735

Vote Monday for Selectmen, Planning Board, Parks & Rec, Library Trustee and 6 Ballot Questions

Town Election Ballot 2017

All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 15. School will be in session, so please park in the back and use the back entrance to the Brown Gym. Follow the signs. There are five contested races this year. eHop as an organization does not specifically endorse any of the candidates, click to read our policy for more info.  Please read the following articles for information about each contested race and the six ballot questions.

Stay tuned, HCAM will be live at 8pm when the polls close tonight to give you election results as soon as they are available. HCAM is available on Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 or streaming live at http://www.hcam.tv/.

Watch the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night:

Learn More about the Selectman Candidates

Selectmen Race 2017

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years – Vote for 1

HopNews Live! on Main with John Coutinho

HopNews Live! on Main with Amman Haidri

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Interview with John Coutinho

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Interview with Amman Haidri


eHop Did You Know? – Board of Selectmen

Learn More about the Planning Board 5-Year Candidates

Planning Board 5-Year 2017

Planning Board, 5 Years – Vote for 2

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Hopkinton Planning Board Candidates 2017 Debate

HopNews Live! on Main with Muriel Kramer & Ken Weismantel

HopNews Live! on Main with Amy Ritterbusch & Gary Trendel


eHop Did You Know? – Planning Board

Learn More about the Planning Board 1-Year Candidates

Planning Board 1-Year 2017

Planning Board, 1 Year – Vote for 1

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Hopkinton Planning Board Candidates 2017 Debate – Irfan Nasrullah participated, but Al Rogers could not attend


eHop Did You Know? – Planning Board

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