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Several Voter Info Forums this Week


HWC Meet the Candidates 4/29


The Hopkinton Women’s Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in the HCAM studio. Townspeople are encouraged to attend in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). They are also invited to ask questions of those citizens running for office in the 2015 Town Election. This year home viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates live by calling in to 508-625-1640 during the show. Also, questions can be emailed ahead of time or that evening to live@hcam.tv.

Please click here for a list of candidates and ballot questions.

Meet the Candidates Tonight at 7pm on HCAM


The Hopkinton Women’s Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 PM in the HCAM studio. Residents are encouraged to attend and ask questions of those citizens running for office in the May 19 Town Election. Call in during the show at 508-435-7887 or email your questions in advance to live@hcam.tv.

The only contested race is for School Committee, so we are listing those candidates first, in alphabetical order as they appear on the ballot. Educate Hopkinton as an organization does not specifically endorse any of the candidates, click to read our policy for more info. There are also two ballot questions. Click here to view a Specimen Ballot.

Candidates & Questions on the May 19 Town Election

  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race
  • SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • John M Coutinho, Republican
  • BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • John L Palmer
  • BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • Jennifer Belesi, Republican
  • BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    • June A Harris, Republican
    • Stanley D Pulnik
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • Claire B Wright, Republican
  • COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • Muriel E Kramer, Democrat
  • HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1
    • Warren E Johnson
  • PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    • Timothy W Kilduff
    • Amy K Markovich
  • PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 1
    •  Francis J DeYoung, Republican

Ballot Questions

#1 Underride – YES or NO

  • “Shall the Town of Hopkinton be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and fourteen by an amount equal to $1,250,000?”

#2 Library Renovation and Expansion Funding – YES or NO

  • “Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the limitations imposed by Chapter 59, Section 21C of the Massachusetts General Laws (Proposition 2 1/2, so-called), the amounts required to pay for the bond issued for costs related to the renovation, restoration, expansion, construction and reconstruction of the Hopkinton Public Library?”

Meet the Candidates Tonight at 7:00pm on HCAM

hcam-logoTonight the Women’s Club is sponsoring “Meet the Candidates,” a public forum where residents can meet and ask questions of candidates in Hopkinton’s May town election. The event starts at 7:00pm LIVE in the HCAM studio (77 Main Street, Lower Level). You may attend in person or email news@hcam.tv or call in questions 508.435.7887.

Offices and Candidates on the May 20 Ballot

  • SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    John M Mosher, Incumbent
    Benjamin L Palleiko, Incumbent
  • TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Bruce G Karlin, MD, Incumbent
  • TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Geri F Holland
  • BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Mary Jo LaFreniere, Incumbent
  • BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Deborah AP Holbrook
  • BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    Michael J McNamara, Incumbent
    *Write-In Candidate Needed*
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Lynn M Fournier, Incumbent
  • COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Maureen K Bumiller, Incumbent
  • CONSTABLES, For 3 years, Vote for 3
    Don S Cresswell Sr, Incumbent
    Patrick K O’Brien, Incumbent
    *Write-In Candidate Needed*
  • HOUSING AUTHORITY, Unexpired Term 2016, Vote for 1
    Nancy E Kelleigh
  • PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    F Eric Sonnett
  • PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2
    John R Ferrari
    Todd S Holbrook
  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 1 *Contested Race*
    Amy B Ritterbusch amyforsc.amyritterbusch.com
    Ellen A Scordino www.ellens4hopkintonschools.org


  • Special State Primary: Tues, April 30
  • Annual Town Meeting begins: Mon, May 6 at 7:00pm
  • Annual Town Election: Mon, May 20, 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Last day to register to vote for Special State Election: Wed, June 5
  • Special State Election: Tues, June 25

Tonight at 7:00pm – Hopkinton Women’s Club Candidate Night

Stay informed about the candidates for the May 21 Town Election. This year there are contested races for School Committee and Library Trustees. Attend in person and ask your questions or watch live on HCAM-TV, Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 30 or streaming at http://www.hcam.tv. Read more at http://www.hcam.tv/news/meet-candidates-night-april-25. Thank you so much to the Hopkinton Women’s Club for once again hosting this important and informative annual event!

Candidates for the May 21 Hopkinton Town Election

SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2
Michelle A. Gates, Republican, Incumbent
Todd A. Cestari, Incumbent

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
John H. Duffy, Incumbent

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Paul R. Winshman, Republican

John G. Belger, Incumbent

BOARD OF LIBRARY COMMISSIONERS, Unexpired Term 2013, Vote for 1
Stanley D. Pulnik

BOARD OF LIBRARY COMMISSIONERS, Unexpired Term 2014, Vote for 1 – Contested Race!
Richard O. Duggan, Democrat
June A. Harris, Republican

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Thomas F. Pratt, Democrat, Incumbent

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Thomas J. Garabedian, Republican, Incumbent

Renee A. Gilson, Republican, Incumbent

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, Unexpired Term 2014, Vote for 1
Warren E. Johnson

Robert T. Dobinski, Republican, Incumbent
Daniel F. Terry, Republican

Brian T. O’Keefe

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2
Kenneth R. Weismantel, Republican, Incumbent
Matthew P. Wade, Republican

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race!
Jean B. Bertschmann, Incumbent http://jeanforsc.com/
Francis J. D’Urso, Democrat https://www.facebook.com/CandidateDUrso
Frank E. Sivo, Republican http://sivoforsc.org/
Jonathan E. Graziano https://www.facebook.com/JonGrazianoForSchoolCommittee

HCAM News Candidate Focus Tonight and School Committee Meeting Thursday

HCAM News Candidate Focus – TONIGHT
Monday, May 9 at 7:00pm
HCAM Studio, 77 Main St
RSVP to news@hcam.tv
Read more…

Candidates in contested races:

Selectmen – 1 position open – 3 year term
Brian Herr (R)
Francis D’Urso (D)

School Committee – 2 positions open – 3 year term
Nancy Burdick (R) (Incumbent)
Richard P. deMont (D) (Incumbent)
Scott Aghababian (R)

School Committee Public Hearing and Meeting
Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30 pm
Middle School Library
The School Committee holds its annual public hearing on School Choice. Every year they must decide by June 1 if Hopkinton will accept school choice students the following year. We have NOT accepted school choice students for several years, however Hopkinton students may still go out of district to other towns that accept school choice students. This year 15.5 students attend out of Hopkinton via School Choice and 34 students attend public charter schools out of Hopkinton.

Recaps from Annual Town Meeting

Town Meeting: Monday Night Recap
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director

May 2011 Town Meeting Recap: Second Night
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director

Scenes from Hopkinton Town Meeting
By Gene Cassidy, HopkintonPatch

Hopkinton Town Meeting Closes on 2 Library Yes Votes
By Gene Cassidy, HopkintonPatch

Support builds for DPW home in Hopkinton.
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff MetroWest Daily News

Hopkinton Town Meeting approves library renovation, rezoning.
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff The MetroWest Daily News

Public Hearing on the FY11 Budget this Thursday, Candidate Debates coming up and the State of the Schools recap

Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY11 Budget
Thursday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall/Room 215, 18 Main St

The Selectmen and the School Committee have submitted their budgets. The Appropriations Committee has reviewed them in detail and will now hold a public hearing on the 2010-11 Budget. The public hearing will NOT be televised, but residents are welcome to attend. Residents who are out of town for vacation week or who are otherwise unable to attend should feel free to send their comments and questions on the budget to the appropriate school and town officials by email in advance of the public hearing. The following budget documents are available on the Hopkinton town and school websites:
PDF 2009 Town Report
PDF Fiscal year 2011 Proposed Budget
PDF Annual Town Meeting Warrant May 3, 2010
PDF School Committee’s Preliminary FY 11 Budget Jan 28, 2010
PPT School Committee Public Hearing FY 11 Budget Presentation
PPT Superintendent’s Preliminary FY 11 Budget Presentation

Appropriations Committee:

Ron Eldridge, Chair roneldridge289@msn.com
Joe Karner Karner_joe@emc.com
Stuart Cowart stuart.cowart@vzw.blackberry.net
Mary Lou Haroian mlharoian@comcast.net

Town Manager:
Norman Khumalo nkhumalo@hopkinton.org
Board of Selectmen:
Brian Herr: bherr@hopkinton.org
Matt Zettek: mzettek@hopkinton.org
RJ Dourney: rjdourney@hopkinton.org
Todd Cestari: tcestari@hopkinton.org
Michele Gates: mgates@hopkinton.org

Superintendent of Schools:

Jack Phelan jphelan@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

School Committee:
Nancy Burdick, Chair: nancyb88@hotmail.com
Rebecca Robak: rebeccarobak@aol.com
Richard Demont: rdemont@demontlaw.com
Jean Bertschmann: jeanber65@hotmail.com
Troy Mick: troymick@verizon.net

Save the Date: Candidates Debate Sponsored by the Hopkinton Independent

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.

HCAM-TV, 77 Main St, Hopkinton MA 01748
Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30

Save the Date: Meet the Candidates Night Sponsored by the Hopkinton Women’s Club

Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.

HCAM Studios, 77 Main St, Hopkinton MA 01748
Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30

Recap:  The State of the Schools
The HPTA held its annual State of the Schools forum on April 7 which included a question and answer session with Superintendent Jack Phelan and School Committee Vice Chair Rebecca Robak. If you missed it, you can watch the replay on the HCAM-TV website at http://www.hcam.tv/series/HPTA/video.shtml (1 hour). The following questions were posed:

  1. What is the one-to-one laptop initiative at the High School? It seems very expensive. Why do we need it, and when is it targeted to begin?
  2. Many families are struggling in this economy. Fees are already a burden for some. Are fees going to increase? Could you offer a family cap or sliding scale based on income?
  3. Are there any plans to improve the current foreign language program? 
  4. Is there concern that there is an uptick in students attending schools out of district? 
  5. Kindergarten enrollment is on the rise – now estimated to be 23/class. Will another teacher be hired to keep class sizes from getting even larger?
  6. Can we get better food in our schools? For instance, 100% whole grain pasta, rice, and bread. Get rid of chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and french fries every day. why are we letting our kids choose junk food in the cafeteria? If it’s not there, they won’t eat it.
  7. What do you foresee for the schools next year if they don’t receive the School Committee’s budget with recent increase?
  8. Both of my boys (Hopkins and Elmwood) have experienced bullying and behavior problems on the bus this year. I read that Milford has a successful “Bus of the Month” program which helps promote good behavior and safety on the buses. Would Hopkinton Public Schools consider adopting a similar program?
  9. How many years does it take for a teacher to be tenured in Massachusetts? And is there a review process in place for teachers once they do receive tenure?
  10. Why are our children being pulled out of their academic classes in 5th grade to learn an instrument? While these lessons are amazing, can we have them either before or after school or during electives such as gym, art, or general music?
  11. We recently learned that Dr. Lynch, the Middle School Principal will be retiring at the end of the year. When will the search process for a new principal begin?
  12. How do you plan to improve middle school and high school academics? The high school was ranked around 450 on a national report. It is not bad, but how do you plan to make it much better?

Educate Hopkinton Keeps You ‘In the Loop’

There are several important opportunities for information in the coming weeks…

Wed 4/29, 7 pm, Hopkinton Women’s Club ‘Meet the Candidates Night’, HCAM

Fri 5/1, 7 pm, Hopnews Sponsors Live Roundtable with Selectmen Candidates, HCAM

Mon 5/4, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium: Annual Town Meeting Begins

Please note change in location from High School to Middle School!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. There is no Absentee Ballot option for Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved, and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

The Warrant is now posted: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM-2009.pdf

Remember to contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots for the Town Election if you will be out of town on May 18th.

Fri 5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street: All absentee ballots must be received. Applications for an absentee ballot for the Town Election may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.

Mon 5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym: Town Elections

HCAM: Hopkinton Independent Candidate’s Debate, Meet the Candidate’s Night, Hopnews Roundtable…

Check HCAM.tv for the re-broadcast schedule of these important shows, or watch them online at hcam.tv.