Know Your Vote – Mon Nov 19 at 7pm on HCAM

Now that the state and national elections are over, it is time to focus on our own local issues. Special Town Meeting is coming up very quickly, the Monday right after Thanksgiving. To better prepare voters, we are having our “Know Your Vote” event next week and we are also including some new links to information about the Elmwood Roof project and the other two Special Town Meeting articles below. We hope to see you on November 19 at 7:00pm at HCAM or send us your questions in advance at knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com.

  • Elmwood Roof Information including tax impact (approx. $26.46 per year for the average single family home for 10 years), details about leaks and other problems.
  • Elmwood Roof Estimates from a contractor and an architect.
  • Online Q&A about the Elmwood Roof – Ask the Superintendent a question.
  • Elm Street Sewer Extension Agreement To construct a sewer extension under Elm Street, from its current endpoint at the intersection with the Lumber Street Extension approximately 650 feet to the dead-end of the street.
  • Gift of land from Colella’s Realty Trust including maps and diagrams.
  • TONIGHT at 7:30pm Middle School Library – Public Question and Answer session about the Elmwood Roof at the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting.
  • Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00pm Elmwood School Library – Informational Meeting/Presentation and Public Q & A Session on the Elmwood School Roof.

“Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum
Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at
HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level)
Attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Submit your questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.435.7887 to ask your question live on the air. Panelists available at the forum to answer your questions will be Superintendent Dr Steven Hiersche, School Committee Vice Chair Scott Aghababian, Selectmen Vice Chair John Mosher, Town Moderator Dr Bruce Karlin and Town Finance Director Christopher Ketchen.

Special Town Meeting
Monday, November 26 at 7:00pm
Middle School Auditorium
Read the Warrant 

  • Article #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion – School Committee
  • Article #2 – Elm Street Sewer Line Extension – $220,000 – Selectmen
  • Article #3 – Grove Street -Main Street Parcel Acquisition (40 sq ft to improve the intersection) – Town Manager

Special Town Election (Ballot Vote)
Monday, December 3 – Polls open 7:00am-8:00pm
Middle School Brown Gym 

  • Question #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion

 

Interim HHS Principal, Sandy Beach Upgrades and Other News

HHS Principal Update – Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche announced that Mr. Evan Bishop has been appointed Interim Principal at Hopkinton High School, replacing Alyson Geary who will be departing at the end of December. Read more from HCAM News…


Sandy Beach Update
– The Planning board has approved the site plan for Sandy Beach on Lake Maspenock. Improvements to the 2.5-acre beach area will include a new 432-sq.-ft. building with restrooms and storage, playground structures, beach volleyball court and picnic area. The pathways to and around the beach will be made handicapped-accessible. Read more in The Hopkinton Crier…

Remote Participation in Board Meetings – Despite some continued reservations, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen on Tuesday decided to allow remote meeting participation for town board and committee members on a trial basis. Read more in The Hopkinton Crier…

State and Presidential Election Results

Read specifically how Hopkinton voted at: https://groups.google.com/a/ hopkintonma.gov/forum/ ?fromgroups#!forum/hopnotices

Read more details on State Results at: http://www.boston.com/news/special/ politics/2012/general/

More details on results throughout the country including 3rd party candidates: http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results

OVERALL Results (UNOFFICIAL) for Questions and Candidates on the Hopkinton Ballot:

  • Electors for President and Vice President of the United States
    • JOHNSON AND GRAY, LIBERTARIAN 0 Electoral Votes (Won 1,140,804 popular votes (1.0%) for the Libertarian ticket, breaking the 32-year record held by Ed Clark, who won 921,128 votes (1.06%) in 1980.)
    • OBAMA AND BIDEN, DEMOCRAT 303 Electoral Votes, Popular Vote 50.1%
    • ROMNEY AND RYAN, REPUBLICAN 206 Electoral Votes, Popular Vote 48.4%
    • STEIN AND HONKALA, GREEN-RAINBOW 0 Electoral Votes (396,684 popular votes (0.3%) for the Green Party)
  • Senator in US Congress
    • SCOTT P. BROWN, REPUBLICAN (Incumbent) 46.1%
    • ELIZABETH A. WARREN, DEMOCRAT 53.9%
  • Representative in US Congress (4th District)
    • SEAN BIELAT, REPUBLICAN 36.3%
    • JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, III, DEMOCRAT 60.9%
    • DAVID A. ROSA, INDEPENDENT 2.8%
  • Councillor
    • ROBERT L. JUBINVILLE, DEMOCRAT 60%
    • EARL H. SHOLLEY, REPUBLICAN 40%
  • Senator in General Court (2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District)
    • KAREN E. SPILKA, DEMOCRAT (Incumbent)
  • Representative in General Court (8th Middlesex District)
    • CAROLYN C. DYKEMA, DEMOCRAT (Incumbent) 59%
    • MARTIN A. LAMB, REPUBLICAN 41%
  • Clerk of Courts (Middlesex County)
    • MICHAEL A. SULLIVAN, DEMOCRAT (Incumbent)
  • Register of Deeds (Middlesex Southern District)
    • MARIA C. CURTATONE, DEMOCRAT
  • Sherrif (Middlesex County)
    • PETER J. KOUTOUJIAN, DEMOCRAT 77%
    • ERNESTO M. PETRONE, UNENROLLED 23%
  • State Ballot Question 1– Right to Repair / Safe and Fair Repair
    • A YES VOTE 85% would enact the proposed law requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers’ Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities.
    • A NO VOTE 15% would make no change in existing laws.
  • State Ballot Question 2– Death with Dignity / Assisted Suicide
    • A YES VOTE 49% would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.
    • A NO VOTE 51% would make no change in existing laws.
  • State Ballot Question 3– Eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana
    • A YES VOTE 63% would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medial use of marijuana allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.
    • A NO VOTE 37% would make no change in existing laws.

Reminder: Town Meeting Nov. 26 – Elmwood Roof and two more questions

Educate Hopkinton is hosting a “Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum about the Elmwood School Roof Project on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level), Hopkinton. Residents are invited to attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Residents may submit questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.435.7887 to ask your question live on the air. Panelists available at the forum to answer your questions about the Elmwood School Roof Project will be Superintendent Dr Steven Hiersche, School Committee Vice Chair Scott Aghababian, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko, Town Moderator Dr Bruce Karlin and Town Finance Director Christopher Ketchen.

Save the dates!

Special Town Meeting
Monday, November 26 at 7:00pm
Middle School Auditorium

  • Article #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion – School Committee
  • Article #2 – Elm Street Sewer Line Extension – $220,000 – DPW/Selectmen
  • Article #3 – Grove Street -Main Street Parcel Acquisition (40 sq ft to improve the intersection) – Town Manager

Special Town Election (Ballot Vote)
Monday, December 3 – Polls open 7:00am-8:00pm
Middle School Brown Gym 

  • Question #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion

 

State and Presidential Election Tuesday – Polls open early at 6:30am

Vote Here SignTuesday, November 6 – Polls open 6:30am-8:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym
Absentee Ballots due by 12noon tomorrow, Monday, November 5 – Go to the Town Clerk’s office on the first floor of Town Hall to vote by absentee ballot.  http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk

Info on Elections: http://www.wheredoivotema.com
Info on State Ballot Questions: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htm

What’s on the Hopkinton Ballot:

Continue reading State and Presidential Election Tuesday – Polls open early at 6:30am

Special Town Meeting Nov. 26 – Elmwood Roof and more

Educate Hopkinton will be hosting a “Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum about the Elmwood School Roof Project on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level), Hopkinton. Residents are invited to attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Residents may submit questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.435.7887 to ask your question live on the air. Panelists available at the forum to answer your questions about the Elmwood School Roof Project will be Superintendent Dr Steven Hiersche, School Committee Vice Chair Scott Aghababian, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko, Town Moderator Dr Bruce Karlin and Town Finance Director Christopher Ketchen.

Save the dates!

Special Town Meeting
Monday, November 26 at 7:00pm
Middle School Auditorium

  • Article #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion – School Committee
  • Article #2 – Elm Street Sewer Line Extension – $220,000 – DPW/Selectmen
  • Article #3 – Grove Street -Main Street Parcel Acquisition (40 sq ft to improve the intersection) – Town Manager

Special Town Election (Ballot Vote)
Monday, December 3 – Polls open 7:00am-8:00pm
Middle School Brown Gym 

  • Question #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion

 

The Milford Casino is Back in the News

Keep Milford Casino-FreePlease be aware that talk of a potential Milford Casino is back in the news again.  As a reminder, you can sign the petition to Keep Milford Casino-Free at http://www.change.org/petitions/neighbors-for-a-casino-free-milford and you can visit the Casino Free Milford website at http://casinofreemilford.com/. See the following news articles for more information:

Betting on a Milford casino
Boston Business Journal by Thomas Grillo, Real Estate Editor
Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2012/11/ betting-on-a-milford-casino.html?full=true

Continue reading The Milford Casino is Back in the News

Superintendent Search Focus Group Tomorrow and Online Survey

Hopkinton Public Schools AdmininstrationSuperintendent Search Focus Group
Monday, November 5 at 7:00-8:30pm
High School Library

Can’t attend in person? Please fill out the form online to give your feedback. What qualities would you want to see in a new Superintendent? What immediate tasks/challenges should the new Superintendent focus on in the first year?
Click to Take the Survey
Click to read more about the Superintendent Search

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