CVS Signage & Lawsuit

The signage for CVS Pharmacy in the former Colella’s building at 61 Main Street is back on the agenda for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, January 19 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled as the first item on the agenda. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board.

In related news regarding Hopkinton Drug’s lawsuit against CVS Caremark, a corporate affiliate of CVS Pharmacy, a U.S. District Court has ordered Hopkinton Drug to pay $1,000,000 to CVS Caremark. For further reading:

There are no sign designs from Marty’s Fine Wines & Liquors on the Design Review Board agenda for 1-19-16.

Fire Chief Job Reposted, Selectmen to Meet Again 1/19


At their January 5 meeting, the Selectmen listened to many residents speak at public comment in support of hiring Steve Slaman as the permanent Fire Chief. Please see the following articles from the Metrowest Daily News & HCAM for more information:

The Board of Selectmen will hold a regularly scheduled meeting January 19 at 6:45pm at Town Hall, 2nd Floor. You may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming The public comment period is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting. Under agenda item 3. iv. the Board will consider accepting Bob Levenson’s resignation from the Personnel Committee.  Click here to view the agenda.

Contact info for the Selectmen and Town Manager:


Youth Commission – Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service – Mon Jan 18 HMS

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Servie

“ Life’s most persistent question is, what are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hopkinton Youth Commission presents
Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service  2016
Events and Activities

Monday, Jan 18 – All events held at Middle School

  • 9:00AM Breakfast from South St Dunkin’ Donuts – Hallway outside Brown Gym/Auditorium
  • 9:30AM – 2:30PM American Red Cross Blood Drive, Cafeteria sign up online with Red Cross or walk-in
  • 9:45AM Speaker, Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli – MS Auditorium How Empathy helps deal with Stress
  • 10:30AM – 1:30PM Service activities – Brown Gym – MS
  • 2:00 – 3:00PM Freshman Boys Basketball v Respite Athletes – Brown Gym, Middle School

Let’s make it a day on, not a day off!

Hopkinton Youth Commission Website

Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day of Service Website

Screening of “The Anonymous People” – Wed Jan 20 at 7pm HHS

the anonymous people

Hopkinton’s Director of Youth and Family Services, Denise Hildreth, is also the head of Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention (HOP):  A community-wide collaboration in preventing substance use and abuse. The group’s mission: To provide substance abuse prevention, resources, and education for the purpose of promoting well-being and resilience for all Hopkinton community members.  As part of the ongoing work of HOP, Denise will be hosting a film screening of The Anonymous People on Wednesday, January 20 from 7-9PM in the High School Auditorium.  This documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery aims to de-stigmatize the hard work of recovery and reinforce the sad reality that substance abuse exists in all communities and does not know boundaries of socio-economic class, race, geography, gender or age.   Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with Hopkinton residents with expertise in addiction recovery.  This program is suitable for all community members, age 14+.  For more information, see the event flyer.

Highlights from Hopkinton Youth and Family Services

Hopkinton Youth and Family Services

Did you know that Hopkinton employs a full-time Director of Youth and Family Services?  Denise Hildreth, MSW, LICSW, has an office in Town Hall and is a free, confidential resource available to all Hopkinton residents to address such needs as:

  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Parent consultation
  • Crisis intervention and support
  • Information and referral
  • Advocacy
  • Court diversion
  • Community education, programs and activities

Residents in need of services can contact Denise by phone at 508-497-9781, or email at  Alternately, Denise hosts drop-in Thursdays for parents and caregivers in Lower Town Hall from 10-11AM.

Serving Hopkinton in this role since June 2015, Denise has worked tirelessly to connect with all facets of the Hopkinton community and to spread the word about her work.  In addition to working one-on-one with residents, she has launched several successful programs, including a parent-to-parent conversation series and community education programs like “Learning to Cope: A Journey through Addiction and Recovery” and “Talking with Young Children about Death and Other Stressful Events”.

For more information on happenings in Youth and Family Services, see the webpage on the town website:

Fire Chief Discussion on Selectmen’s Agenda Tonight

Hopkinton Fire Department Winter

The Board of Selectmen will hold a regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 6:45pm at Town Hall, 2nd Floor. You may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming The public comment period is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting. Click here to view the agenda.

At approximately 7:10pm the Board will consider approving Town Manager and Interim Fire Chief Contracts. And at approximately 8:50pm the Board will discuss the re-posting of the Fire Chief position. Please see the following articles from the Metrowest Daily News for more information:

Some of the other topics on the agenda include:

Contact info for the Selectmen and Town Manager:


Public Hearing on School Budget Thursday 1/7


On Thursday, January 7, the School Committee will hold a public hearing on the FY17 School Budget. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments are scheduled near the beginning and again near the end of the meeting, about 8:45pm. Barring technical difficulties, you may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming Click here to view the meeting agenda.

Give Input Before the Vote:

The committee is scheduled to vote on the Superintendent’s budget recommendation this week, so if you have questions, comments or concerns, you should voice them ahead of time or come to the meeting in person to voice them there. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:


Budget Documents Already Presented: