All posts by Amy Ritterbusch

eHop Board Member 2007-present

Town Election Update – More Candidates Still Needed

Town Election 2017 Word Cloud

Considering running for local office, but don’t know where to begin?

To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, March 27; or a person may qualify by being the top vote-getter in one of the town political party caucuses.  The Democratic caucus is Friday, April 7 at 6:30pm in Town Hall. The date of the Republican Caucus is also Friday, April 7 in Town Hall. Nomination signature papers are available from the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall.

Offices on the May 15 Ballot

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Assessors, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Elizabeth Whittemore, Democrat

Board of Health, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • No candidate yet

Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Stanley D Pulnik, Unenrolled (incumbent)
  • 2nd candidate needed

Board of Library Trustees, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Jessica King, Democrat

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • John M Coutinho, Republican (incumbent)

Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Claire Wright, Republican (incumbent)

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Constable, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Hopkinton Housing Authority, 5 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Parks and Recreation Commission, 3 Years, 2 Seats – Contested Race

  • Christina Anderson, Unenrolled
  • Laura Hanson, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Amy Markovich, Republican (incumbent)

Planning Board, 5 Years, 2 Seats

  • Amy Ritterbusch, Democrat
  • Kenneth Weismantel, Republican (incumbent)

Planning Board, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Planning Board, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Irfan Nasrullah, Democrat

School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Jennifer Devlin, Democrat
  • Meenakshi Bharath, Unenrolled

Hayden Rowe Corridor – 2nd Workshop

Hayden Rowe Crosswalk at HCA

The Town of Hopkinton will conduct a second public workshop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe, at 7:00 pm, to discuss the traffic calming measures currently being evaluated in the Hayden Rowe corridor between Grove Street and Chestnut Street. The corridor between Chestnut Street and the Milford town line is also being looked at and will be discussed. The Town is committed to determining how public safety can be improved within the corridor.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss the pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic challenges within the corridor. The Town’s consultant, WorldTech Engineering, will be in attendance and will discuss traffic calming measures that will be evaluated to help improve safety within the corridor.

Please contact John Westerling, your Director of Public Works, at 508-497-9740 or jwesterling@hopkintonma.gov with any questions.

Hayden Rowe School Zone at Middle School

Hayden Rowe Crosswalk at Chestnut St

Water Ban Ends, Drought Continues

Drought Monitor 3-14-17

The Hopkinton Director of Public Works ended the Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation (water ban) on January 19, 2017, for all customers connected to the municipal water system. He said that this action was the result of the recent change in drought status to our area, the return of ground water to normal levels, and consultation with officials in the town of Ashland regarding the water levels in the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Hopkinton along with 97% of Massachusetts is still in a “Moderate Drought” as of March 14, 2017.  This is a significant improvement from the start of the water season in the fall of 2016, when 98% of Massachusetts was in “Severe Drought” or worse, with over 50% in “Extreme Drought.” However last year at this time, 79% of Massachusetts had no drought at all, while 20% was “Abnormally Dry.” Stay tuned into this issue.

Hopkinton Housing Authority – Did you know?

The Hopkinton Housing Authority shall conduct studies of the housing needs of the community and shall provide programs to make available housing for families of low income and for elderly persons of low income. The Hopkinton Housing Authority shall have such other powers and duties as are assigned to housing authorities by general law. (MGL Part I, Title XVII,  Chapter 121B, Section 26) Continue reading Hopkinton Housing Authority – Did you know?

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Did you know that Hopkinton has several NextDoor private social networks? Officer Stephen Buckley, from the Hopkinton Police Department often shares updates & tips. Click here to join.  Hopkinton neighborhoods include:

  • Legacy Farms (107 members)
  • Forestside (72 members)
  • Lake Maspenock (52 members)
  • South Whitehall (15 members)
  • Whitehall Woods (15 members)
  • Springwood (13 members)
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Hayden Rowe Corridor Traffic Calming Workshop

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The Town of Hopkinton will conduct a public workshop on February 15, 2017 at the Hopkinton High School auditorium, 90 Hayden Rowe, at 7:00 pm, to discuss the traffic calming measures currently being evaluated in the Hayden Rowe corridor between Grove Street and Chestnut Street. The corridor between Chestnut Street and the Milford town line is also being looked at and will be discussed. The Town is committed to determining how public safety can be improved within the corridor.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss the pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic challenges within the corridor. The Town’s consultant, WorldTech Engineering, will be in attendance and will discuss traffic calming measures that will be evaluated to help improve safety within the corridor.

Please contact John Westerling, your Director of Public Works, at 508-497-9740 or jwesterling@hopkintonma.gov with any questions.

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Town Meeting Warrant Open – Citizen’s Petitions due by 3/1

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Have an idea or want to change something, but don’t know how to go about it? See the Guide for Citizen Petitioners (PDF) or view our slide show on Google Drive.

The 2017 Annual Town Meeting will commence on Monday, May 1, 2017. Please be advised that articles may be submitted to the Board of Selectmen/Town Manager’s office. Per the Town Charter, the warrant will close on March 1, 2017. Draft article language should be submitted to the Selectmen/Town Manager’s office on paper or via email to mglynn@hopkintonma.gov. Petition papers may be obtained and submitted at the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours.