All posts by Amy Ritterbusch

eHop Board Member 2007-present

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?

Find your Hopkinton neighbors with NextDoor

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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)
  • Front Street (12 members)

Continue reading Find your Hopkinton neighbors with NextDoor

Hayden Rowe Corridor Traffic Calming Workshop


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 with any questions.



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


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 Petition papers may be obtained and submitted at the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours.

Town Election Candidates 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 has not yet been announced. 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
Board of Health, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • No candidates 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

  • No candidates yet

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)

School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Jennifer Devlin, Democrat
  • 2nd candidate needed

Planning Board, 5 Years, 2 Seats

  • Amy Ritterbusch, Democrat
  • 2nd candidate needed

Planning Board, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Planning Board, 1 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Candidate Endorsement Policy

Town Election 2017 Word Cloud

As we head into election season, eHop would like to remind our readers of our candidate endorsement policy:

The primary mission of eHop is community education on funding and policy issues pertaining to the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts including the Hopkinton Public Schools. Hence, eHop will strive to provide voters with accurate and detailed information on candidates running for state and local office, with a focus on each candidate’s position on both town and school-related issues.

It is eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office. eHop board members are at liberty, however, to endorse candidates independently.

When eHop collects information from candidates for voter education purposes, eHop may add editorial comments to clarify candidate claims or statements that eHop deems to be deceptive or misleading, or that require further explanation.

On our Blog/Website:

Any eHop Board Member running for elected office in a contested race will not write or edit any blogs regarding the office for which they are running, including but not limited to our annual Candidate Q&A.

On Facebook:

In addition, due to eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office, any endorsements for specific candidates will be deleted from our Facebook page.

Candidates are welcome to email a candidate statement or a link to their campaign website, which we will be happy to post to our website along with info about all the other candidates. Please send to

Read our full policies and guidelines…

Overview of the eHop Spotlight on Traffic & Pedestrian Safety

Thank you to Director of Public Works, John Westerling, Chief of Police, Edward Lee and Director of Land Use & Town Operations, Elaine Lazarus for being panelists at the eHop Spotlight on Traffic & Pedestrian Safety on 2/6, and also a shout out to Kelly Grill & the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for the use of their beautiful space and to Mike Torosian & HCAM-TV for recording our show for those unable to attend.

Key Contact Info:

Enforcement/Interim Solutions:
Hopkinton Police Department, 508-497-3401 (non-emergency)

Long-Term Vision:
Board of Selectmen, 508-497-9701, Meets every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month in Town Hall

Road Repair:
Department of Public Works, 508-497-9740

Student Safety:
Dr. MacLeod, Superintendent,, 508-497- 9870
School Resource Officer,

Strategic Initiatives:

Downtown Corridor Project:
Dave Daltorio, Town Engineer,, 508-497-9738

Hayden Rowe Corridor Study:
John Westerling, DPW,, 508-497-9740

Sidewalk Master Plan:
Planning Board/ Elaine Lazarus,, 508-497-9700

Development/Long-Term Planning:
Planning Board, Meets every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month in Town Hall. Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use & Town Operations,, 508-497-9700.