All posts by Amy Ritterbusch

eHop Board Member 2007-present

Women’s Club “Meet the Candidates Night” April 30 7:00 p.m.

Hopkinton Women’s Club presents the 22nd annual “Meet the Candidates Night”
Wednesday, April 30th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ HCAM Studios

The public is invited to meet the candidates for the upcoming town election. Following their presentations, the candidates are available for questions from the audience. The forum is broadcast by HCAM-TV.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Hopkinton Independent Selectman Candidate Debate

Hopkinton Independent Selectman Candidate Debate

Monday, April 28, 2008

Taped at 5 p.m. at HCAM Studio – Limited seating available
Debate will air at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 on HCAM – Channel 8 (Comcast) Channel 30 (Verizon)
Tune in to see the candidates answer questions about critical issues facing Hopkinton. Learn where each candidate stands on these issues and be an informed voter on May 19.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

State of the Town – April 30th FCC 7:45 a.m.

State of the Town
Wednesday April 30, 2008 at 7:45 AM
First Congregational Church – 146 East Main St. – Hopkinton

Hosted by NSTAR

This program should prove to be an informative lead up to Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting set to convene on May 5, 2008 at 7 PM. If you are interested in the state of Hopkinton’s fiscal affairs you won’t want to miss this event.

You will leave with a clearer understanding of the town’s current fiscal situation as well as upcoming challenges and opportunities that will have an impact on our future.

You will also hear details pertaining to the proposed zoning changes, which will enable Boulder Capital to move forward with their Legacy Farms plan. The Zoning Advisory Committee and the Planning Board recommended changes will be voted on during the Annual Town Meeting.

Presenters will include:

  • Anthony Troiano Hopkinton Town Manager
  • Heidi Kriger Chief Financial Officer
  • Jack Phelan Superintendent of Schools
  • Stephen Zieff Legacy Farms
  • Scott Richardson Principal, Gorman Richardson Architects

Reserve your seat via e-mail to geri@hopkinton.org or tkilduff@att.net or by calling 508-435-0949

Continental breakfast will be available at 7:30 AM
Program will begin at 8 AM

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

HCAM rebroadcast of the 4/9/08 HPTA State of the Schools Forum

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, the HPTA hosted the State of the Schools Forum LIVE on HCAM. School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan gave a presentation regarding the current state of the Hopkinton Public School System.

Topics covered during the forum included:

  • FY’09 School Budget
  • Town Meeting Warrant Article regarding the Center School Feasibility Study
  • Foreign Language Instruction
  • Technology in the Schools

The STATE OF THE SCHOOLS FORUM will be REBROADCAST on HCAM 8 (Verizon Channel 30) on the following days at the following times:

Wednesday, April 16th 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17th 5:30 a.m.

EducateHopkinton encourages you to tune in (or DVR the rebroadcast) so that you can educate yourself and your friends.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

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Go online to www.educatehopkinton.com for the following information:

  • Voter Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FY09 Budget Calendar
  • FY09 Budget Related Documents and Links
  • Election Information

We encourage you to share this email with your friends so that they can keep up to date with information as the 2008 Town Meeting, Special Town Meeting and the Town Election approach.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

State of the Schools Forum

State of the Schools Forum
Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 PM
Live on HCAM-TV – Comcast Channel 8 – Verizon Channel 30

On Wednesday, April 9, the HPTA will host the State of the Schools Forum. It will be held at HCAM studios at 8 pm and will be broadcast live. The forum is open to the public.

School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan will give a presentation regarding the current state of the Hopkinton Public School System.

If you have questions or concerns relate to the FY09 School Budget that you would like to have addressed at the forum, please send them to Jean Bertschmann at jeanber65@hotmail.com.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process
and the Town’s financial needs.

Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Information

ALERT: POLITICAL NOTICE HOPKINTON TOWN CLERK
Annual Town Meeting May 5
Annual Town Election May 19
Last day to register is April 15th. Office hours April 15th will be 8 am – 8 pm

VOTER REGISTRATION – Must be completed by April 15th.

*****YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED VOTER TO VOTE AT TOWN MEETING

Voter Registration link – Source: Hopkinton Town Clerk
http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm#registration

National Mail Voter Registration Form – Source: Federal Government www.eac.gov
http://www.fabnit.com/nvra-update-09-12-06.pdf

ABSENTEE BALLOT – If you cannot PLAN to be in town to vote during the polling hours, educatehopkinton.com urges you to secure an Absentee Ballot.

Download : Massachusetts Official Absentee Ballot – Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absbalap.pdf

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

“vote” on an override in online poll

In the event you want to have your ‘voice’ heard in some way regarding an override to fund Level Services for FY ’09 – which was NOT approved by the Board of Selectmen – there is a poll available on the www.hopnews.com website that you can participate in.

The one poll question asks: ‘What override amount, if any, would you vote for?’

***FYI – an override of about $400K (what two of the Selectmen were supporting) is about $80 more on the annual tax bill of an average Hopkinton house ( = $518,000.00).

If your household contains 2 registered voters, it would be most beneficial to have BOTH vote on this poll if possible. (Just as if you were both voting at Town Meeting or in the Town Election).

While no poll is tamper resistant and data can be used to support any position, it would be interesting to see how many people are STILL interested in an opportunity to weigh in on this topic.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.