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Other Town and School Updates

The View from the Other Side of the Wood Street Intersection
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director
http://hcam.tv/news/view-other-side-wood-street-intersection

Teachers top school budget wish lists
By Scott O’Connell, Metrowest Daily News staff
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/top_stories/x1911641587/Teachers-top-school-budget-wish-lists

Strong home sales for MetroWest
By Jay Hummer, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/real_estate/x1911641183/Strong-home-sales-for-MetroWest

Ilene Silver Announces Retirement, Principal Search Begins
http://hcam.tv/news/silver-announces-retirement-principal-search-begins

One proposal expected for possible Hopkinton land buy
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1679920501/One-proposal-expected-for-possible-Hopkinton-land-buy

DISC Talks Parking Spaces, Wood Street Intersection
By Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/disc-talks-parking-spaces-wood-street-intersection

Hopkinton downtown parking options reviewed
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1679921187/Hopkinton-downtown-parking-options-reviewed

5 Things You Missed at the School Committee Meeting
By Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/5-things-you-missed-at-the-school-committee-meeting-0ab8da58

Notice Regarding the Position of Assistant Town Clerk
http://www.hcam.tv/news/notice-regarding-position-assistant-town-clerk

911 study finds some reluctant to regionalize – Uniting could save cash, but might step on toes
By Jennette Barnes, Boston.com
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/03/08/combining_911_services_means_big_savings_norfolk_county_study_says/?page=full

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Holds at 6.9 Percent
http://hcam.tv/news/massachusetts-unemployment-rate-holds-69-percent

Hockey Rink, Casino, Land Use, Capital Projects and more

HOCKEY RINK
Hopkinton residents like ice arena proposal by Michael Morton, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x739236043/Hopkinton-residents-like-ice-arena-proposal

Residents Support Hockey Arena Proposal by Sean O’Donnell, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/many-residents-support-hockey-arena-proposal

CASINO UPDATES
At Casino Forum, Lawmakers Ask Residents to Compromise by Justin Saglio, Hopkinton Patch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/at-casino-forum-lawmakers-ask-residents-to-compromise-17f42f9d

Coakley says casino law repeal is not eligible for ballot by Matt Murphy, Statehouse News Service
http://www.wickedlocal.com/bridgewater/news/x828553530/STATE-HOUSE-NEWS-Coakley-says-casino-law-repeal-is-not-eligible-for-ballot#ixzz1lo8b35JO

LAND USE
Board of Selectmen revisits Fruit Street master plan in Hopkinton by Michael Morton, Metrowest Daily News
Hopkinton faces $3 million decision on land deal by Michael Morton, Metrowest Daily News
New Hopkinton plaza lands bank, restaurant as tenants by Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier

CAPITAL PROJECTS
Hopkinton board considers Capital projects by Michael Morton, Metrowest Daily News

$8.2 Million in Preliminary Capital Expenditure Plan for FY2013 by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News
THE ECONOMY
Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.8%…Jobs Decline in December by 6,200 via HCAM-TV

Hopkinton Compared to Districts that are Similar Based on Grade Configuration, District Wealth and Enrollment

Educate Hopkinton has compiled a chart of district comparison data for your reference, which we have recently posted to our website. School districts that are similar to Hopkinton include: Belmont, Burlington, Canton, Duxbury, Holliston, Marblehead, Medfield, Scituate, Sharon, Westborough and Westwood. While Hopkinton is very similar to these towns, one statistic that stood out was that 23% of Hopkinton’s population is children enrolled in the public schools, in many similar towns a much smaller percentage of the population was enrolled in the schools, this may be because they have more residents without school-age children or may be because more children in those towns attend private schools. Only Medfield had a higher percentage with 24% of its population enrolled in the public schools. http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Hopkinton_Compared_to_Similar_Districts_09-25-11.pdf

Hopkinton Unemployment Remains Low and Continues to Drop

The State recently announced unemployment figures for August 2011. Unemployment rates for Hopkinton continue to remain low compared to statewide and national averages, dropping to just 4.6% for August 2011. Unemployment in Milford, where a casino has been proposed, is also lower than the state average at 5.7% for August 2011. Most towns surrounding Milford also have unemployment rates lower than the state average, ranging from 4.6% to 6%, with only Bellingham having a high unemployment rate at 9.5%. Bellingham is on the opposite side of Milford from the proposed casino, which would be nestled between Route 85 and Route 16 on the Hopkinton/Holliston side of Milford. Click for a Google Map of the casino site.

Unemployment Rates at a Glance

Hopkinton Milford State National
Aug 2011 4.6% 5.7% 7% 9.1%
2010 6.4% 7.9% 8.5% 9.6%
2009 6.1% 7.9% 8.2% 9.3%
2008 3.9% 5.1% 5.3% 5.8%
2007 3.2% 4.3% 4.5% 4.6%

Sources Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) 
& US Dept of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics