The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.
3 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.
1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
3:05 pm A 911 caller from Fruit Street reported a past breaking and entering. Three officers responded and took a report.
2:36 pm Officer Stephen Buckley removed barrels that were in the roadway on Main Street.
12:57 pm A caller reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was on top of downed wires on Yale Road. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the vehicle was removed safely.
12:29 pm A Hopkins Road resident spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding harassing phone calls, involving threats.
10:54 am A resident of Hazel Road reported suspicious activity related to a recent house break. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the individuals who checked out ok.
10:25 am Between the hours of 8:13am and 10:25am there were three reports of trees down and two reports of wires down on Knoll Road, Chestnut Street, Downey Street, Harrington Way and Ash Street.
4:00 am Chamberlain Street resident reported that her doorbell rang twice but no one was around. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.
Senator Spilka Advances to Majority Whip
BOSTON – Yesterday, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) advanced Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) to serve as Majority Whip of the Massachusetts Senate. Previously, Spilka served as Assistant Majority Whip.
“It is an honor to once again be appointed by Senate President Murray to serve as a member of her leadership team,” Spilka said. “I look forward to taking on this new role as Majority Whip and remain steadfast in my commitment to being a responsible steward for the taxpayers and an advocate for working families across the Commonwealth. I am eager to work with my colleagues on continuing our efforts to bring about necessary reform, promote job growth and economic development, and support the important services and programs our most vulnerable citizens depend on.”
Senator Spilka was sworn in on January 2, 2013 to serve her fifth term as the Senator to the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District, representing the Towns of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, and Natick.
300 Mothers and Daughters Enjoy an Afternoon with Princesses at the HPLF 2nd Annual Mother Daughter Princess Tea
February 1, 2013, Hopkinton, Mass. – The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s Second Annual Mother Daughter Princess Tea, held Sunday, January 27, 2013, brought together three hundred mothers, daughters, grandmothers and aunts for an afternoon with princesses while raising $7,500 for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.
Congratulations to two special prize winners: Meghan Grady (photo, left) was the winner of American Girl Doll “Saige”, and Isabella Rottas was the winner of a Bitty Baby and starter kit.
The Hopkinton Public Library would like to thank all of the women and girls who attended this special event, as well as the many volunteers who made this event such a success. Special thanks to the Princess Tea’s lead sponsor, The Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library; Silver Sponsor Main Street Pediatrics; Supporting Sponsors Sunshine Preschool and Hiller’s Cleaners; and the many local businesses and individuals who donated so generously.
About the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation
The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in September 2011. Its mission is to raise private funds for the expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library. In addition to the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), private funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s cost of restoring, renovating and expanding the library’s historic building. As of October 2012, Hopkinton moved up to #5 on the MBLC waiting list to receive library construction funds. Following the expansion, HPLF will provide ongoing funding for long-term enhancements of the library.
Contributions to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784 or made online at http://hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org/support-our-mission/
For more information, visit http://hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org.
School Committee Votes a 4.4% Budget Increase
Votes to reduce some fees
by Muriel Kramer
February 1, 2013 — The School Committee voted last night to send forward a budget to the Town Manager that requests a 4.4% increase for FY’14, a total request of $35,585,384. This budget accommodates an increase of $120,000 to address class sizes at the Middle School that had been projected to increase to 26 students per class for the seventh grade next year. It also accommodates a decrease in fees for parents for transportation, athletics and parking.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche presented the potential adjustments in a tiered fashion, so that the SC could decide where to draw their line and take a vote on the budget recommendations. Additions to the budget included in his recommended 4.8% increase were $73,000 in eliminated fees, $120,000 for additional teachers at the MS to address the concern over class sizes and a correction that added $14,000. Reductions in Hiersche’s top level recommendation included eliminating a duplication of $20,000 in cost for the new supervision and evaluation program, removing $65,000 for SPED transportation for a student that will now be kept in district, moving $20,000 in parking lot lighting and grounds maintenance costs to be addressed by the revolving funds from parking fees.
The second tier of proposed reductions in the increase requested for next year included putting off painting and maintenance due at the MS, not adding office air conditioning at Elmwood, reducing purchases of Social Studies texts at the MS and reducing the budget line item for professional development, as well as eliminating a management aid at Center School.
The discussion that followed the prioritized listing of additions and reductions called into question the wisdom of reducing fees for parents in a budget year that is also grappling with a large and expensive mandate from the state, the new teacher supervision and evaluation model that bumps the budget up by $271,000 in a single year. SC member Jean Bertschmann wondered, “If the decrease in fee expense is worth the tradeoff. I want to take this step forward, but I’m concerned we have reached the tipping point.”
SC Member Rebecca Robak held the position that it was not the time to reduce fees. “In a year when we know we have to increase our budget because of the new mandated supervision and evaluation, it may not be the year to reduce fees.” She also made the point that reducing fees largely benefitted parents of older students while the cuts contemplated affected all students.
SC Vice Chairman Scott Aghababian held the line that cutting fees was necessary this year. “The savings to parents might be small but the goodwill gained will be great.” He also held firm to a target of reducing the overall increase requested to 4%.
Dr. Hiersche added that from a budget perspective it would be helpful to look five years down the road to ensure that the approach initiated this year is sustainable. SC member John Graziano waivered in his support for reducing fees this year because of all the pressures in the budget. Having been a proponent for reducing the fees starting this year, he contemplated the value of holding the line and not increasing the fees this year and tackling reductions in the future. In the end he voted with the majority to reduce fees beginning this year. Aghababian, Graziano and Chairman Nancy Alvarez Burdick voted to reduce the athletic fees, parking fees and bus fees by 10% and eliminating the student activity fees at the MS/HS. Bertschmann and Robak voted not to.
The final number voted by the SC representing a 4.4% increase over last year eliminated the planned painting and maintenance at the MS, air conditioning for the office at Elmwood, and a decrease in technology. However, the committee wants to preserve a management aid at Center School, money dedicated to textbooks at the MS and professional development. Aghababian was the lone no vote on that final number.
The meeting continued with discussion on up to ten capital articles contemplated for Annual Town Meeting in May including 2 feasibility studies (Center and Elmwood), a joint telephone installation project, MS auditorium upgrade and loop road repair.
Gun Advocate Enjoys Letter
I was delighted with Nancy's article on
gun control. It was well researched, thoughtful and
educational, in my opinion.
I grew up with guns, and my father was
an original founder of the Southborough Rod and Gun Club. He
also was a firearms safety instructor and excellent skeet
shooter as well.
While I don’t see the reason for assault
rifles with more than 7 rounds to be owned by sportsmen or
homeowners, I believe that new laws will lead to more new
laws and on and on. I do believe law enforcement needs any
firepower they can get.
Anyway, congrats to Nancy on a super
Ralph A. Cram II
164 Fruit Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
February 1, 2013
This year’s marathon team is made up of three Hopkinton runners, Ann-Michele Dragsbaek, Kyle Kelley and Jeanne Vumbaca and we have chosen to run in support of group of the some of the most dedicated people out there,
Project Just Because is a Hopkinton-based charitable organization that helps more people in need from more than 30 area towns in a variety of very personal ways. They supply adults and children with a variety of support by acting as a resource for items that families need (clothing, toiletries, gift baskets, career items, school supplies, blankets, toys, furniture, baby items, housewares) and creating an element of hope for a brighter tomorrow by educating families that want to help people but don’t know how. They also act as a food pantry for the town of Hopkinton. Project Just Because has amazingly low admin costs and therefore 97% of the money they raise goes direction to helping people.
Their approach to helping people is so refreshingly caring, infectious and personal that it is an honor for us runners to be associated with them. If you would like to know more about Project Just Because, please follow the link to their website: http://projectjustbecause.org/
Please help us in supporting this wonderful group of people.
~ Ann-Michele, Kyle and Jeanne
The Vote for Cathy MacLeod for
For those who wonder what unspoken and unseen things go on in those untelevised School Committee meetings, above is a clip shot during the
"working session" at the January 30, 2013 meeting as they voted for the new superintendent.
Contractor's Mistake Perpetuated
8 Spring Lane
January 31, 2013
EDITOR'S NOTE: Outspoken Woodville resident Ed Harrow sent out the letter above today to Hopkinton officials and some members of the press. Elaine Lazarus chose to respond in detail, below:
Response from Director of Land Use and Planning
Thank you for your email regarding the condition of a portion of Whitehall State Park off Spring Street. As you know, the conditions and concerns have existed since the early 1990's and solutions have been proposed and some have been implemented. The White Oak Estates Stormwater Drainage Analysis prepared for the Town in 1999 by Environmental Science Services, Inc. evaluated the situation at that time and recommendations were made. I have attached a scan of the text portion of the report. It should be noted that prior to the Town's approval of the subdivision in 1986, the Dept. of Environmental Management had granted the developer the right to discharge stormwater runoff onto their property, after requiring some work to accommodate the increased flows. The DEM's approval of the discharge of stormwater to a wetland was acceptable and standard practice at that time, and according to the 1999 report, pre-dated the adoption of the Wetlands Protection Act.
Because of dissatisfaction with the resulting condition on the part of residents, Town officials and the state, possible mitigation measures were developed and discussed. The 1999 study included several recommendations, and the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission and the DEM reviewed and discussed them extensively. The Town required implementation of as much of the work as was possible given the available space, funding and land ownership issues. The developer re-engineered the upstream detention basin, slopes were stabilized, and the Conservation Commission in cooperation with the state, determined that additional work on the State Park property should be completed that provided as much mitigation as possible without negatively affecting the open space values of the adjacent land.
Unfortunately, the developer was not able to perform all of the work required due to liability concerns raised by the DEM. Eventually, the developer abandoned the subdivision and the Planning Board voted in 2012 to obtain the remaining performance guarantee funds. The funding will be used by the Hopkinton DPW to perform needed improvements to the White Oak Estates subdivision, including maintenance of the detention basins.
The fact that stormwater continues to flow to the area doesn't mean that state and town officials like it or don’t wish that it could be different. It also doesn't mean that we've stopped caring. Perhaps the DCR and the Conservation Commission could renew discussions and consider whether any new stormwater technology might provide additional mitigation, and how and whether it can be accomplished. I will ask the Commission to discuss the issue at one of their February meetings. But the regulatory framework in place in 1985, the DEM's approval in 1985 and the Planning Board's 1986 subdivision approval set the stage. The subdivision was built as designed under those conditions, roads and homes built, and the subdivision can't be returned to its pre-development state. Town officials would still like better mitigation here, so we will still continue to monitor and evaluate options.
Directory of Land Use and Planning
January 31, 2013
Marathon Number Available
The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.
4 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.
2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.
1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.
2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.
1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.
1 Motor Vehicle Complaint Application.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
11:55 pm The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator on East Main Street. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
6:21 pm A walk-in from Hazel Road reported possible unregistered solicitors in the area. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.
4:48 pm A resident of Old Farm Road reported possible unregistered solicitors in the area. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the solicitors who's registration had expired. They were sent to the Police Station to re-register.
1:29 pm A walk-in reported that a white van had been parked at the pond on West Main Street for over 24 hours and it appeared that the occupants were removing the hockey nets form the ice. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that no one was around and the vehicle's engine was cold.
9:02 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator of a telephone companies truck who was taking up a lane of travel on Hayden Rowe Street.
Enough Gun laws Already
Recently I was asked to sign petition to support Obama’s gun control law. Instead of blindly signing it, I decided to research our present gun laws. I am not a gun owner and I do not belong to the NRA.
Automatic assault rifles are (already) illegal in our state. Unlike real military assault rifles, the "assault rifles" currently out there are really just knock-offs made to look like the real ones. These sport rifles are semi-automatic and most have 10 rounds before you need to reload. The proposed law wants to make all semi-automatic guns with more than 7 rounds illegal. Any empirical evidence that we will be safer does not support this reduction. It's really just an attempt to make pretty much all guns owned by citizens immediately illegal unless there is a grandfather provision for the ones already owned.
If we truly want to increase public safety as opposed to simply restrict lawful gun owners, here are better solutions:
There should be stricter laws for those people who legally purchase a firearm then transfer it to someone who cannot legally own a firearm - a straw purchase. Back ground checks need to be more comprehensive. No one with mental illness or a convicted criminal should be allowed to own a firearm. Incredibly today, illegal gun traffickers are only charged with mere paperwork violations. There needs to be more agents to inspect gun stores and stiffer federal penalties for those who traffic firearms.
Federal law prohibits nine categories of people, including felons and those who have been judged seriously mentally ill, from buying guns. But when ex-convicts attempt to buy guns, they are hardly ever prosecuted. Although the FBI referred more than 76,000 such cases to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 2010, Justice Department attorneys prosecuted just 44 of them. What good are laws if we don't enforce them?
As for the tragedy in Newtown, this young man’s mother was at fault for allowing her son to come anywhere near a gun. She was trying to share a hobby with him. Clearly this was a fatal lapse in judgment. This boy was so disturbed he started his spree by shooting her first, the only person in the world who truly loved him. Because of this insane act, millions of responsible gun owners should be further restricted?
The findings of two criminologists - Prof. Don Kates and Prof. Gary Mauser - in their exhaustive study of American and European gun laws and violence rates, are telling:
Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population).
In my opinion, I believe we need to fix the laws that are in place before we put more out there.
Here is a quote from Adolph Hitler:
“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized
nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our
police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the
~ Adolph Hitler, 1935, on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany.
Nancy J. Barron
29 Tammer Lane
Hopkinton MA 01748
January 31, 2013
School Committee Chooses Easton
Assistant School Superintendent
Cathy MacLeod as New Superintendent of Hopkinton Public Schools
January 30, 2013 — The School Committee boiled down several weeks and countless hours of interviews and site visits into a 90 minute discussion of why Cathy MacLeod (file photo), the current Assistant Superintendent of Easton Public Schools, bested the other two candidates, current Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Heirsche and current Wellesley High School Superintendent Dr. Andrew Keough — and why the minority of the committee chose Dr. Heirsche.
Keeping with the conversational parameters set at the beginning of the meeting by School Committee Chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick, the members focused on the positive attributes of their favorites, and not on the negatives of the choices of others. But the final vote was not unanimous.
Committee Vice-Chair Scott Aghababian and member Rebecca Robak expressed favoring Dr. Heirsche and hoped to win over the others with a pitch about his experience with Hopkinton and his vast experience in general. Dr. Heirsche has had experience with other school districts as superintendent before coming to Hopkinton.
Answering concerns about risk in hiring Cathy MacLeod, who has no experience as a superintendent, member Jon Graziano, who said he was excited about her being chosen said, "The risk and excitement go hand in hand."
"Setting the pace and inspiring people go hand in hand," said Ms. Burdick of Ms. Macleod.
"She is a problem solver. If she can't do it, she'll figure out how to get it done," she said.
Leadership, focus, forward-thinking and process were positive attributes mentioned by Ms. MacLeod's supporters.
The School Committee conducted site visits during the selection process, which guided many in their choice.
"There is not a task she cannot complete, according the people she worked with," said Ms. Burdick.
The final vote was 4 in favor and 1, Ms. Robak, against. In fairness, Ms. Robak voted believing that she and Mr. Aghababian would vote their choice for the record, and then there would be a second vote to show unanimity; but the first vote was the only vote recorded for super.
The committee next voted to go into executive session to discuss strategy for contract negotiations.
Old World Market
Above, Vin Bin Store Manager Aaron Aykanian chats with customer Laura Peters today during the Vin Bin's first day of business at their new, second location.
January 30,2013 — "We are bringing an old world market into a new world society," said Vin Bin owner Rick Lombardi today during a soft opening for the spacious new wine, malt liquor and cheese shop located at 22 South Street in Hopkinton.
"We feature fine wines, crafted beers and hand-cut cheese," he said.
The store will l have a grand opening and wine-tasting on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
The Go Anywhere Truck
January 30, 2013 — Jerry says this Toyota Tacoma 4x4 has the special TRV off-road package as well as cruise, all-power, 4 doors cruise and 4-wheel drive. Stop by Hopkinton Sunoco at 60 Main Street for a test drive, but call 508-435-6738 first to make sure no one else has gotten there first.
Updated Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A Response from Representative Dykema
Last Thursday, the state Republican Party publicly questioned a vote I cast last week against an amendment to post legislative committee votes online, a concept that I had supported during a pre-election debate.
As your legislator, it is my responsibility to explain any vote I cast on your behalf and I appreciate this opportunity to respond.
While I fully support the intent of the amendment to increase transparency, passing this type of proposal without understanding the practical resource requirements is not something I could support.
Unlike roll call votes, which are currently posted online and number in the hundreds each legislative session, there are approximately 6,000-8,000 committee votes taken in the same period. Cataloging this quantity of information online is not a trivial task. In requesting support for the proposal, the amendment’s sponsor did not provide any basic information on resource requirements or planning, nor had they contacted legislative information services to request that such information be compiled.
This session I am co-sponsoring a bill (HD 3412) that, unlike last week’s amendment, will pass through the full committee and public hearing process allowing important details to be addressed. This will allow us to move forward with a more thoughtful and productive proposal.
As we continue to discuss ways to increase transparency in our legislative process, I appreciate the opportunity to highlight some of the progress we have made in recent years:
· Video of all House and Senate formal sessions are available online.
· Video of many committee proceedings are available in real time and are archived online.
part of the FY11 budget, the Open
Checkbook website was
launched which details state spending, payroll and pension information
and tax credit information.
Thank you again for this opportunity to respond and, as always, please contact me at 617-722-2210 or email@example.com if I can answer any questions.
Taking Rep. Dykema to Task
Last fall during the Hopkinton debate for State Representative, Carolyn Dykema changed her position on putting committee votes online. Despite voting against it twice, she pledged moving forward that she would vote in favor of letting the public know about these votes by putting them online.
Unfortunately, she did not keep that commitment. Only 3 roll calls into the new session, she broke that promise! That’s right, the third vote of the year she went back on her word.
Committee votes should be online so the public can see them. It is disappointing that Rep. Dykema says one thing during the heat of the campaign and does the opposite at the State House. She owes her constituents an apology.
Picturesque But Dangerous
January 30, 2013 — Fog may be pretty to look at in scenes of landscapes, rivers and oceans, but has been the cause of many deaths since the advent of travel. When driving in fog, people need to be aware that the low contrast of a foggy road actually causes people to drive faster than normal, according to studies. That phenomenon has been blamed for the otherwise inexplicable pileups of hundreds of vehicles on the world's highways.
The forecast calls for showers and temps up to 55° F. A weather snapshot is always available on the weather widget icon near the top of the page.
U. S. Army Offers Samples of Rations to Hopkinton Vets
Photo Credit: U.S. Army. Photo: Veterans from the small town of Hopkinton, Mass., recently got a taste of new military rations technology at their monthly veterans breakfast, courtesy of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Combat Feeding Directorate. Bob Bernazzani, with the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, explains new combat rations technologies to Hopkinton veterans. ~U.S.Army
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State
Statement by Governor Deval Patrick:
“On behalf of the entire Commonwealth, I want to extend my congratulations to Senator Kerry on his confirmation as our nation’s next Secretary of State. In particular, I want to thank Senator Kerry for his decades of service to the people of Massachusetts. From his days as Lieutenant Governor to his nearly thirty years in the United States Senate, he has been our steadfast champion. I know that he will bring the dedication, intelligence, and passion to his new role that he brought to representing Massachusetts. We are sad to lose him as our Senator, but excited about and grateful for his service to the Nation on the international stage.” HopNews file photo
Updated Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
4:07 pm Officer
Peter Booth responded to a two car motor
vehicle accident without personal injury on
12:10 pm Officer
Patrick O'Brien assisted a disabled motor
vehicle on Wood Street.
8:47 am A
caller reported that there was a sign in the
middle of West Main Street. The Highway
Department was notified.
8:22 am Officer
Patrick O'Brien assisted a disabled motor
vehicle on West Main Street.
7:06 am The
Highway Department was notified of a deer
that appeared to be alive but was sleeping
on the side of Hayden Rowe Street.
2:14 am A
caller from West Main Street reported that a
front end loader had been egged. Sgt. Scott
vanRaalten responded and took a report.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
10:09 pm A
caller from Walcott Valley reported a
suspicious motor vehicle outside his condo
unit. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area
with a negative find.
12:33 pm Officer
David Shane assisted the Fire Department
with a fire alarm activation on Wilson
10:47 am A
resident of Walcott Valley reported
vandalism to their motor vehicle. Officer
David Shane responded and took a report.
6:54 am Officer
Linda Higgins assisted the Fire Department
with a fire alarm activation on Hayden Rowe
6:37 am Officer
Linda Higgins removed a large amount of
trash from East Main Street.
12:33 am Officer
Linda Higgins assisted the Southborough
Police Department with a female arrest.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
10:35 pm Officer
Matthew McNeil checked and spoke with the
operator of a motor vehicle on South Street.
8:13 pm Two
officers assisted the State Police with a
motor vehicle that spun out of control on an
off ramp to Route 495.
1:58 pm A
walk-in from Front Street spoke with Officer
Patrick O'Brien regarding larceny.
12:40 pm Officer
Thomas Griffin assisted a motor vehicle
accident without personal injury on
6:14 am Officer
Jacob Campbell assisted the Fire Department
with an odor of natural gas on Wood Street.
Friday, January 25, 2013
8:12 pm A
caller reported an erratic operator on
heading into Upton on Spring Street. The
Upton Police Department was notified and
7:04 pm A
caller reported an abandoned motor vehicle
on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer
responded and took a report.
6:16 pm A
911 caller reported an erratic operator on
Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil advised
that he followed the vehicle but did not
observe any violations.
5:51 pm Officer
Gregg DeBoer assisted a disabled motor
vehicle on Main Street.
4:33 pm A
caller reported seeing a vehicle back up on
Mayhew Street and illegally dump some trash.
Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a
negative find on any trash.
3:40 pm Officer
Matthew McNeil stated that he came upon a
trash bag in the roadway on West Main
Street. The DPW was advised to pick up it
3:14 pm A
911 caller from John Matthew Road reported
smoke coming from the woods. Officer Matthew
McNeil responded to assist the Fire
Department who put the fire out.
12:29 pm Officer
Thomas Griffin assisted a disabled motor
vehicle on Wood Street.
6:24 am Officer
Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor
vehicle on West Main Street.
5:33 am Officer
Linda Higgins took a report of illegal
dumping on Main Street.
1:39 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a parked motor vehicle on Saddle Hill Road.
Democrats to Hold a Caucus
Democrats in Hopkinton will hold a caucus on Wednesday, 2/27 at 7pm at the Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 Main St in Hopkinton. The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party's 2013 Platform Convention. All registered Democrats in Hopkinton (as of 12/31/12 through 2/27/13) are eligible to participate and to be elected as delegates or alternates.
The caucus is open to the public and the press.
"At our 2013 convention, the delegates selected by [TOWN] Democrats will debate and adopt our platform for the next four years, catch up and network with other organizers around the Commonwealth and hear from some exciting future leaders of our party," said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh.
The convention will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.
Starting this year, the Massachusetts Democratic Party will also hold a Youth Convention for high school organizers.
The Hopkinton Democratic Caucus will elect 8 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. Those not elected as Delegate and/or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled. For any questions concerning the caucus, please contact Dick Duggan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-435-4007).
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