Elementary School Criteria Working Group Applications Due Tomorrow

As you may have read in The Hopkinton Independent or via HPS Listserv, the School Committee voted to create a Criteria Working Group (CWG) to draft potential criteria against which future Elementary School Building Project options will be measured. Several groups in town were asked to send a representative from their organization. The Educate Hopkinton Board voted on March 8 to send Tara Sanda, EH Treasurer, as our representative on the Working Group. There are also spots available for community members at large and we would like to encourage our readers to apply if they are interested in this project. Applications are due tomorrow, Monday, March 12. Completed applications can be sent via US mail to Dr. Mary Ann DeMello, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, 89 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748; or via email to Sharon Williams at swilliams@hopkinton.k12.ma.usRead more…

Selectmen to Vote on Town Budget Wednesday

The Board of Selectmen will be meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00pm at Town Hall to discuss and vote on the proposed 2012-13 budget. The Town Manager presented his budget at their last meeting. According to HCAM News the proposed “total operating budget for FY2013 is $64,094,931 which represents an approximate two percent (2%) increase in the operating budget over Fiscal Year 2012. Click here to view the FY13 Town Budget Presentation Powerpoint and click here for the FY13 Budget Spreadsheet to be presented at the meeting on Wednesday. After the Selectmen vote on the budget Wednesday, it will go to the Appropriations Committee who will hold a public hearing (date TBA).

As always, please feel free to contact the Town Manager nkhumalo@hopkinton.org or the Selectmen selectmen@hopkinton.org with your comments on the Town  Budget.

Articles for further reading:
Town Manager Presents Recommended Budget
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director
http://hcam.tv/news/town-manager-presents-recommended-budget

Hopkinton debates spending plans
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1911642685/Hopkinton-debates-spending-plans

Recommended Town Budget Increases Taxes 1.6 Percent
By Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/recommended-town-budget-increases-taxes-1-6-percent

Hopkinton traffic light could cost half a million dollars
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1160495440/Hopkinton-traffic-light-could-cost-half-a-million-dollars

School Street Intersection Plan Estimated to Cost $530,000
By Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/school-street-intersection-plan-estimated-to-cost-530-000

Petition to Keep Milford Casino-Free

The online petition to “Keep Milford Casino-Free” now has over 900 signatures, please click here if you would like to read more or sign the petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/neighbors-for-a-casino-free-milford

Casino News for Further Reading:
Casinos spent $11.5 million lobbying in the last 5 years – Massachusetts gaming expansion cost Nevada firms plenty
http://www.lvrj.com/business/mass-gaming-expansion-cost-nevada-firms-plenty-139760803.html

Auburn farm hopes to be casino site – Boston Business Journal
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2012/02/auburn-farm-hopes-to-be-casino-site.html

Holliston girds to fight Milford casino – Milford, MA – Wicked Local Milford
http://www.wickedlocal.com/milford/news/x1170540914/Holliston-girds-to-fight-Milford-casino

Neighbors preparing case against Milford casino proposal
By Ellen Ishkanian, Boston.com
http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-23/west/31085716_1_milford-site-milford-board-casino

Other Town and School Updates

The View from the Other Side of the Wood Street Intersection
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director
http://hcam.tv/news/view-other-side-wood-street-intersection

Teachers top school budget wish lists
By Scott O’Connell, Metrowest Daily News staff
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/top_stories/x1911641587/Teachers-top-school-budget-wish-lists

Strong home sales for MetroWest
By Jay Hummer, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/real_estate/x1911641183/Strong-home-sales-for-MetroWest

Ilene Silver Announces Retirement, Principal Search Begins
http://hcam.tv/news/silver-announces-retirement-principal-search-begins

One proposal expected for possible Hopkinton land buy
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1679920501/One-proposal-expected-for-possible-Hopkinton-land-buy

DISC Talks Parking Spaces, Wood Street Intersection
By Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/disc-talks-parking-spaces-wood-street-intersection

Hopkinton downtown parking options reviewed
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1679921187/Hopkinton-downtown-parking-options-reviewed

5 Things You Missed at the School Committee Meeting
By Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/5-things-you-missed-at-the-school-committee-meeting-0ab8da58

Notice Regarding the Position of Assistant Town Clerk
http://www.hcam.tv/news/notice-regarding-position-assistant-town-clerk

911 study finds some reluctant to regionalize – Uniting could save cash, but might step on toes
By Jennette Barnes, Boston.com
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/03/08/combining_911_services_means_big_savings_norfolk_county_study_says/?page=full

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Holds at 6.9 Percent
http://hcam.tv/news/massachusetts-unemployment-rate-holds-69-percent