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State Primary Election on Tuesday and Library Expansion Update

State Primary Election – Tuesday, September 14

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All precincts vote at the Middle School Gym, 88 Hayden Rowe Street (enter by Grove Street). Applications for Absentee Ballots may be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk and must be received by Noon Sept. 13. Visit http://www.hopkinton.org/clerk/elections.htm for more information. The following are the lists of candidates on the Republican and Democratic Ballots with links to the candidates’ websites if applicable. Please note that there are no candidates on the Libertarian primary ballot this year, so it is not included here.

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT
GOVERNOR
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Richard R. Tisei
[Keith Davis – Declared Write-In Candidate]
ATTORNEY GENERAL
[Guy Carbone – Declared Write-In Candidate]
[
James McKenna – Declared Write-In Candidate]
SECRETARY OF STATE
TREASURER
AUDITOR
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
COUNCILLOR
Steven M. Glovsky
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT
None
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
None
SHERIFF
None


DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT
GOVERNOR
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Martha Coakley
SECRETARY OF STATE
TREASURER
AUDITOR
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS

James P. McGovern

COUNCILLOR
Kelly A. Timilty
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT
Carolyn C. Dykema
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Gerard T. Leone, Jr.
SHERIFF
James V. DiPaola



Hopkinton Public Library Expansion Update

Please see the press release below from Library Director, Rownak Hussain, and visit the websites listed here for more information.

Press Release – HOPKINTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 10, 2010:


At its September 9 meeting, the Permanent Building Committee reviewed sites for the Hopkinton Public Library. Stewart Roberts of Johnson and Roberts Associates outlined four options for the library site. Expanding the existing library could be accomplished by using the existing site and the adjacent Church Street site, but it would not accommodate enough parking. It is expensive to build underground parking, and using parking spaces farther away from the library could jeopardize the Town’s ability to win a state grant. This option would also involve additional costs to relocate the library during construction.


Although owned by the Town, a 4-acre parcel behind Claflin Place is not considered a desirable option. The site is land-locked, and would require the acquisition of additional land to provide road access to the site.

If residents approve a new school on Fruit Street, renovating Center School is another option. Using this site would keep the library in a prominent downtown location and provide the necessary parking spaces. However, the existing structure was not built to handle heavy book stacks, and some of the rear sections (not the historic building) would need to be removed and rebuilt to meet the state’s preference for a two-story project rather than a three-story one.

The fourth option is a new library behind Center School. As the least expensive option, this site would provide more than the required parking spaces for the library. Close to 30 residents attended the meeting to ask questions about the project and provide comments.


The Next Hopkinton School Committee Meeting:

Thursday, September 16 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library
Attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast channel 8/Verizon channel 30)
Agendas are usually posted in advance at:
http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/agenda_minutes/agenda_minutes.php

Potential Sites for Hopkinton Public Library, Primary Election Coming Up, New 1st Grade Teacher Added and More School News

Permanent Building Committee Reviews Potential Sites for Hopkinton Public Library
Public Meeting Scheduled for September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station

On Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m., in the second-floor conference room at Hopkinton Fire Station, the Permanent Building Committee will review sites for the Hopkinton Public Library. As part of a Feasibility Study currently underway, Architect Stewart Roberts of Johnson Roberts and Associates will present an overview of possible site plans that include the location of a future library, vehicle access and parking.

A public comment session will follow Roberts’ presentation. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the building project, provide comments and ask questions.

The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to determine an appropriate site for a Library that meets the current and future needs of residents in Hopkinton. The Hopkinton Library Building Program, completed in 2008, determined that Hopkinton Public Library should have larger areas for book, audio-visual and media collections as well as new technology, reading and quiet study areas, a young adult area, expanded children’s room and children’s program room, a large meeting room for Library programs and events, and be fully handicapped accessible. A site of at least 2 acres is needed to fit the proposed 26,000 square foot building, along with needed parking.

According to the Hopkinton Library Building Program, many public areas of the current Library are undersized by at least two hundred percent (200%). The last renovation/expansion of Hopkinton’s Library was in the 1960’s. Visit http://www.hopkintonlibrary.org/ for more detailed information.


State Primary Election
Tuesday, September 14

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All precincts vote at the Middle School Gym, 88 Hayden Rowe Street (enter by Grove Street). Applications for Absentee Ballots may be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk. http://www.hopkinton.org/clerk/elections.htm
Offices up for election are:

GOVERNOR
LT. GOVERNOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL
SECRETARY OF STATE
STATE TREASURER
STATE AUDITOR
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
COUNCILLOR, SECOND COUNCILLAR DISTRICT
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT, SECOND MIDDLESEX & NORFOLK DISTRICT
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT, EIGHTH MIDDLESEX REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, NORTHERN DISTRICT
SHERIFF, MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Notes from the August 16 School Committee Working Session:

New Fruit Street Elementary School
The schematic design stage for the proposed new elementary school at Fruit Street will begin right away. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) will determine exact square footage Hopkinton should have. The Elementary School Building Committee will likely request a Special Town Meeting and Special Town Election as early as February or March 2011 to fund the building of the new school. By getting started early and not waiting for a May Town Meeting to vote on the new school, the town is expected to save a considerable amount in construction costs, which will make up for any additional costs associated with holding a Special Town Meeting and Election. Target open date for new school is September 2013. A project milestones document should be available shortly from the Elementary School Building Committee.

New First Grade Teacher Added
At the end of the summer, Center School received an unexpected influx of new students. Faced with the prospect of five first grade classrooms as large as 24 students, the School Committee voted to hire a new first grade teacher. The result will be first grade class sizes of 22 students maximum, and on the downside the Teachers’ Lunch Room will now become a first grade classroom in addition Art and Music will now share the same room.
For several years in a row, the actual enrollments at Center School have exceeded the projected enrollments by a significant amount. For the last two years, this has resulted in last minute shifting of students and the hiring of new teacher in August. Principal Jennifer Parson and the School Committee discussed that they may not be able to offer as many sections of full day Kindergarten next year to leave some flex room for unexpected August enrollments.

2010-11 Projected Kindergarten Enrollment Actual Kindergaren Enrollment as of 8/16/10 Number of Kindergarten Students Over Projection
196 232 36
2010-11 Projected
1st Grade Enrollment
Actual 1st Grade Enrollment as of 8/16/10 Number of 1st Grade Students Over Projection
220 229 9

Center School Playground
The Center School Playground has recently failed inspection and plans for renovations are underway, although unfortunately they were not able to be finished before the start of school. All the new equipment and the new fence will be able to be moved to the new school at Fruit Street when Center School is decommissioned as an elementary school. Part of the funding will come from the HPTA and the Center School gift account, some new equipment to accomodate IEP needs will be paid for out of circuit breaker funds and finally some of the money will come from the school budget.


News from the September 2 School Committee Meeting:

Hopkinton superintendent to retire at end of year
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 03, 2010
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1053805926/Hopkinton-superintendent-to-retire-at-end-of-year

Update on the New Elementary School and Voter Registration Deadline

New Fruit Street Elementary School / Center School Feasibility Study
We have some exciting news about the Center School Feasibility Study. In a letter dated July 28, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) notified the Town Manager that it has voted to allow Hopkinton to proceed into the schematic design stage as part of its Feasibility study for the repair or replacement of Center School. The MSBA agreed with the Hopkinton School Committee and Elementary School Building Committee’s preferred solution of building a new K-5 Neighborhood Elementary School and Early Childhood Education Center (Hopkinton Integrated Preschool) on the Fruit Street site. By working with the MSBA, Hopkinton will be eligible for approximately 40% reimbursement of school construction costs from the state for the new school at Fruit Street. With this solution, Elmwood and Hopkins Schools would both become K-5 Neighborhood Schools. Any renovations to Elmwood and Hopkins to accommodate Kindergarteners, such as adding sinks to the classrooms, would NOT be eligible for 40% reimbursement from MSBA. For more details, please see the following article from HCAM News about the August 2 Elementary School Building Committee meeting.

Fruit Street School Gets Approval For Next Design Phase
by Mark Collins, HCAM Staff Reporter
August 4 , 2010
http://www.hcam.tv/news/2010/08/FruitStSchool-08-04-10.shtml

Appropriations Committee
In other town budget news, as the FY12 Budget Season approaches the Hopkinton Appropriations Committee needs new volunteers. Please read more or watch the video on HCAM:

Appropriations Committee Needs New Volunteers
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Editor
August 6, 2010
http://www.hcam.tv/news/2010/08/App-08-06-10.shtml

Voter Registration Reminder
Hopkinton residents wishing to vote at the September 14 State Primary must register to vote by August 25, 2010. If you have recently moved to town or have changed your address since the last election, please visit the Town Clerk’s website for hours or to download a mail-in voter registration form.

Last Day to Register to Vote

REMINDER: Last Day to Register to Vote!
Tomorrow, October 15th, is the last day to register to vote for the November 4th state and national election. You can register at the Town Clerk’s office, located in the Town Hall, 18 Main Street. There will be special hours, tomorrow, with the Town Clerk’s office being open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Regular hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, with extended hours on Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please forward this email reminder to family, friends and neighbors, especially those who have moved recently and may not yet be registered to vote.

NEW on www.EducateHopkinton.com!
Complete ballot information for the November 4th election including links to all websites for the candidates and state ballot questions. We also have absentee ballot information and dates for the upcoming candidate debates. Check it out and spread the word!

November 4th Election

Dear Subscribers:

Educate Hopkinton would like to remind you to vote in the upcoming State and National Election on November 4, 2008. Polls will be open at the Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe Street, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation is Wednesday, October 15. You can register at the Town Clerk’s office, located in the Town Hall, 18 Main Street, and open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, with extended hours on Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

If you will be out of town, or unable to get to the polls on November 4, please be sure to obtain an absentee ballot. Online forms can be found at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absbalap.pdf.

In addition to the candidate selections, you will be asked to vote on 3 ballot questions on November 4. Each could potentially have a significant impact on the state budget, and the money that comes to Hopkinton from the Commonwealth.The questions are as follows, with links to information from the Secretary of State’s office:

Question 1: State Personal Income Tax
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_1.htm

Question 2: Possession of Marijuana
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_2.htm

Question 3: Dog Racing
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_3.htm

Please take the time to make informed choices on Tuesday, November 4, and GET OUT AND VOTE!