Milford Casino Alert – Please Attend Selectmen’s Meeting This Wednesday

Massachusetts lawmakers are poised to pass a casino bill in the legislature very shortly. The following articles discuss the impact of Casinos in Milford and Massachusetts.

Governor Patrick, legislature agree on casino bill
By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman, Globe Staff
Governor Deval Patrick and the leaders of the House and Senate yesterday embraced a proposal that would license three casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts, uniting the key political players a year after their attempts to expand gambling collapsed in acrimony. Read more…

What does this mean for Milford and surrounding towns, like Hopkinton?
If the proposed bill passes Milford and Hopkinton would be in Region A which includes Boston, Worcester and Northeastern Massachusetts. According to the Boston Globe “Developer David Nunes wants to build an $850 million casino and hotel with shops and restaurants at the intersection of interstates 90 and 495 in Milford.” Another possible location for the Region A casino is Suffolk Downs in East Boston. Read more… 

What Can Hopkinton Residents Do?

  1. Attend the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall and be prepared to voice your opinion during the public comment period.
  2. Write to our legislators and governor Deval Patrick. Snail mail is best, but in the interest of time you should feel free to call or email them if that is easier for you.
  3. Educate Hopkinton is looking for more volunteers to help keep our subscribers informed about this important issue. Please contact Amy Ritterbusch at amyritterbusch@educatehopkinton.com if you can help.

Contact Info

Senator Karen Spilka (Hopkinton’s Senator – Read her statement on casino bill http://karenspilka.com/2011/08/26/statement-from-senator-karen-spilka/)
State House – Room 511C
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1640
Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov

Representative Carolyn Dykema (Hopkinton’s Representative – Read more at http://www.facebook.com/carolyndykema)
State House – Room 473F
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2210
Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov

Gov. Deval Patrick (supports casino bill)
Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor – Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
617.725.4005
http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=gov3utilities&sid=Agov3&U=Agov3_contact_us

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (opposes casino bill)
Room 413-C State House
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1673
Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (supports casino bill)
State House – Room 356
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2500
Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

Senate President Therese Murray (supports casino bill)
State House – Suite 332
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1500
Therese.Murray@masenate.gov

Please see the following links and news articles for more information:

Conversations with Superintendent Landman

Thank you so much to our many Educate Hopkinton subscribers who donated refreshments and supplies for the four Conversations with our new Superintendent Jonathan Landman this summer! If you were not able to attend, please save the date for this upcoming forum hosted by the School Committee:

Parent Forum
Monday, September 12 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hopkinton High School Library
Hosted by, and with refreshments provided by the Hopkinton School Committee.

Other Summer Notes and News Updates

Milford Casino News – Volunteers Needed

Educate Hopkinton would like to watch this issue closely in order to inform our subscribers about a possible Milford casino in the works. If you are interested in helping with this issue in the fall, please contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com. See the following news articles for more information.

Conversations with Superintendent Landman

Thank you so much to our many Educate Hopkinton subscribers who donated refreshments and supplies for the first three Conversations with our new Superintendent Jonathan Landman! Summaries are available on the local news media:
July 7 – HopkintonPatch: New Superintendent Faces Daunting Task – Making a bad situation better is one thing but maintaining or improving a great system is another.
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/new-superintendent-faces-daunting-task
July 20 – Hopkinton Crier: New school boss meets with parents. http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x633528281/New-school-boss-meets-with-parents-in-Hopkinton#ixzz1Skvz7yK1
August 2 – HCAM News: Another Chance for Conversation with Superintendent Landman
http://www.hcam.tv/news/another-chance-conversation-superintendent-landman

Save the Date for the final Summer Conversation with Dr. Landman!
Thursday, August 25 at 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Hopkins School Library

Bring the kids! Whitehall Farm Studios will provide an art activity for children during the meeting. Please note that we will not be providing childcare, parents are still responsible for their children. Educate Hopkinton will again be providing refreshments, we have plenty of beverages and paper goods leftover from the first few events, but could still use donations of lunchtime foods. A Punchbowl invitation will follow shortly. We highly recommend you attend if you have not been able to attend any of the other conversations.

Hopkinton Library Construction Grant Approved, But Waitlisted

On July 14, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to award General Construction Provisional Grants totaling approximately $28 million. The MBLC placed the applicants in three categories: (1) those approved to be funded now; (2) those approved to be funded later, as funds became available through the State’s five year capital plan; and (3) those that were asked to re-submit their applications. The good news is that the Hopkinton Library Building Project was approved, with a grant award of $4,533,580. Hopkinton’s placement in the second group will allow the private fundraising effort to mature and the Town’s capital budget process to accommodate the library project in orderly fashion. Read more: http://www.hopkintonlibrary.org/hopkinton/expansionhome.asp

Volunteer Openings on Hopkinton Town Committees

Many of the daily activities of Hopkinton town government are conducted by full time paid professionals. However, unpaid volunteers are vital to staff town committees and commissions that help establish policies and priorities, administer by-laws, and conduct various activities. For questions about these positions, please email Selectmen@hopkinton.org. Read more: http://www.hopkinton.org/volunteers.htm

Current Vacancies:
Appropriation Committee – Four Members
Cable Advisory Committee – One Associate Member
Capital Improvement Committee – One Member
Downtown Revitalization Committee – Three At Large Members
Historical Commission – One At Large Member
Historical District Commission – One Member (Greater Boston Real Estate Board)
Hopkinton Cultural Council – One Member (maximum of 26 members, presently 6 members)
Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust Board – Four Members
Hopkinton Housing Authority – One with a term to the 2012 Annual Town Election
Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee – One At Large Member
Housing Committee – Three Members
Permanent Building Committee – One Member
Youth Commission – Two At Large Members

Other Summer Notes and News Updates