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Hopkinton High School Principal Appointed


Hopkinton, MA


Hopkinton Interim Superintendent, Dr. Steven Hiersche, is pleased to announce that he has appointed Michael Cournoyer as Hopkinton High School’s next principal.


Mr. Cournoyer holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Lowell.  He is currently the Principal for Holliston High School. He previously served as Assistant Principal of Hopkinton High School, and began his career in education as a high school health teacher at Southbridge High School.


Mr. Cournoyer will assume his new role on July 1, 2013.

File photo, Michael Cournoyer and Dr. Steven Hiersche.


  Police Incident/Arrest Log -- Most Recent First


Updated Friday, April 12, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

2 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

6 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Arrest Log

Thursday, April 11, 2013

7:42 pm Officer Robert Bielecki arrested Fabricio E. Santos, 19, of Downey Place, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No Inspection/Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

6:39 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Katy Lynn Gersh, 28, of Summer Street, Westborough, on Wilson Street and charged her with Assault and Battery and Larceny Over $250.

Incident Log

Thursday, April 11, 2013

6:43 pm While on traffic enforcement Officer Robert Bielecki stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 19 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, No Inspection/Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.

5:42 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a 14 year old male in regards to operating a recreational vehicle on Oak Street.

8:27 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding an employee of a Cedar Street business who took and kept her winning lottery tickets.

2:56 am A Church Street resident reported hearing screaming sounds. Two officers checked the area but did not find anything out of the ordinary.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

5:22 pm There was a report of a female who was out of control on Wilson Street. Upon the arrival of three officers the female took off into the woods. The Ashland Police Department K-9 responded and subsequently a 28 year old female from Westborough was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery and Larceny Over $250.


Occupants Wearing Seatbelts Escape Death in High Speed Rollover on Pike in Hopkinton


April 12, 2013 — Yesterday, at 2:50 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Weston received numerous calls for a motor vehicle crash on Route 90 westbound in Hopkinton. The 911 callers reported that it was a single vehicle that rolled over numerous times. On arrival troopers found a 2001 Jeep Cherokee that had come rest on its passenger side in the far left lane. Westborough and Southborough EMS were requested to the scene for injuries to both the operator and his passenger.


The operator, Nicholas Casey, 53, of Marblehead was transported to U-Mass Medical Center with incapacitating but non-fatal injuries. The passenger, Kimberly O’Connor, 41, of Geneva, Illinois was also transported with non-fatal injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation and it appears both occupants were wearing their seatbelts but motor vehicle charges are not being ruled out.


Several lanes were taken to allow for rendering medical assistance and clean up by Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The road was completely clear in just under an hour. Traffic was backed up for close to five miles before the crash site was cleared.



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Noteworthy to Perform at Symphony Hall


Noteworthy, the all women Hopkinton High School select choir, will be performing in the MICCA Gold Medal showcase performance at Boston's Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 13th, at 9:20 AM.  The performance is free and open to the public.

MICCA Festival 2013


The Bands, Orchestra and Choruses of the High School and 8th grade participated in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival this past weekend. The groups were evaluated by nationally recognized clinicians against a musical performance standard. 

A Gold Medal represents a Superior Performance; Silver Medal, Excellent Performance; Bronze, Good Performance; and a Medal of Merit; Fair Performance.


Results of the High School Groups:

Noteworthy (HS Women's Select Choir) Gold Medal

HS String Orchestra, Bronze Medal

HS Rep Band, Bronze Medal

HS Concert Band, Silver Medal

HS Chorus, Silver Medal

HS Men's Choir, Silver Medal


Results of the Middle School Groups

8th Grade Chorus, Silver Medal

8th Grade Band, Silver Medal

8th Grade String Orchestra, Bronze Medal


Scholars and Stars Video
Have a sneak peek at some of what goes on every year at Elmwood School during the cultural exchange with the world-class elite
Kenyan marathoners now known as Scholars and Stars, in the HD video below.



Scholars and Stars at Elmwood School

April 11, 2013 — Above, Elmwood School Principal David Ljungberg addresses the 600 or so (Click on right thumbnail to enlarge) second and third grade students this morning who gathered in the gymnasium to welcome — the world is "Jambo" in their native Swahili — nine elite, world class Kenyan athletes who will be running Monday in the Boston Marathon. 
     Prior to the assembly,  the athletes met with students in Mr. Keane's class to exchange answers and questions about the similarities and differences between the American and Kenyan culture and climate. And in the weeks leading up to today's event, according to Mr. Llungberg, students learned about the music and culture of Kenya, the people and the animals that live on the African continent. Today, they proudly displayed artwork they created (Click on left thumbnail to enlarge) from what they learned and showed the displayed pieces to their guests.

         Below, 2012 Kenyan champion Wesley Korir dances into the gymnasium to the raucous adulation of the students and a blaring sound system pumping up the crowd. Please check back later for a video of some of the event.


NORAD to conduct exercise flights over southern Massachusetts


PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct exercise flights today as they practice intercept and identification procedures. The exercise will take place over southern Massachusetts.  Although they are scheduled for the morning, the flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.

The flights are scheduled to take place in the area between Providence, R.I. and Plymouth, Mass. People in this area may hear and/or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to a military or military contracted aircraft, which will be taking on the role of aircraft of interest.


In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

For more information about NORAD, refer to http://www.norad.mil/Home.html.

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For more information about NORAD intercept procedures, refer to the FAA website at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ATpubs/AIM/Chap5/aim0506.html.


Highest Honors

Caroline F. Sullivan, a Grade 9 student of Phillips Exeter Academy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean M. Sullivan, earned Highest Honors for the winter 2013 term.


Two School Committee Candidates' Statements

Amy Ritterbusch

My name is Amy Ritterbusch and I am running for the one open seat on our School Committee this year. I have lived in Hopkinton for nine years and like most residents I am a supporter of high quality public education in our town. My husband, Tim, and I have three children (Grades 7, 5 and 2) in the Hopkinton Public Schools. I have a BA from UMass Amherst. In addition to my many volunteer roles in town, I have a freelance web design business.  I have been attending School Committee meetings and actively participating in our town budget process for several years and I feel that now is the right time for me to step up and take on a larger role. My strong communications background, technical skills and detail-oriented nature will be an asset to the School Committee.


Over the years I have volunteered in a variety of capacities in Hopkinton:

·         Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association (HPTA): Communications Chair, Extracurricular Registration Coordinator, Assistant Treasurer, The Runner Blog Editor, Webmaster and Source Book Coordinator

·         Hopkins School Council: Parent Representative

·         Hopkinton Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee

·         Educate Hopkinton Civic League: President, Steering Committee Member and Webmaster

·         Cub Scout Pack 26: Den Leader, Webmaster

·         Girl Scout Troop 65040: Troop Leader

·         Boy Scout Troop 1: Troop Committee Member

·         MOMS Club: Newsletter Editor, Activities Chair

My goals on the School Committee will be improved communication, protecting the classroom experience and delivering quality education at a good value to the community. As I have been watching the School Committee over the years, when I learn about an issue that I think is important, I have worked hard to bring that issue to the attention of other parents and the media. I have been actively involved with several petitions advocating for small class sizes. I was instrumental in spreading the word about the proposed school year calendar changes for 2013-14. As a School Committee member I will advocate for the Strategic Plan update, the budget and all policies up for review to be well communicated to the public before being finalized. Drawing on my experience as HPTA Communications Chair, I have many ideas for how the School Committee can better and more consistently communicate with the public.


I know the School Committee is an actively involved committee that puts in many long hours for our town. I am up to the task and will be dedicated to the role. I will work hard to find the right balance between maintaining the level of services the town expects, yet seeking out efficiencies and cost savings that do not negatively impact the classroom experience. I will bring to the table my extensive communications background, attention to detail and dedication as a community volunteer. I respectfully ask for your vote on Monday, May 20.


Ellen Scordino

I am pleased to announce my candidacy to the Hopkinton School Committee.  As a working parent of two young children, I am committed to balancing the continued improvement to our schools, with the cost of educating our young to the taxpayers.

My decision to run stems from my wish to serve taxpayers, students, parents, teachers and administrators, by bringing a fresh perspective to our School Committee.


Taxpayers need a School Committee that they trust.  I intend to earn that trust by respecting budget limitations and not taking hard-earned tax dollars for granted.  I will peel the curtain back, seek answers to difficult questions, share information and spend your money wisely.        


Children and parents need a School Committee that works both with and for them.  To this end, I intend to be accessible.  I will keenly listen, and share information, as I work hard to continuously improve our schools.  I will strive to give our children access to cutting edge technique, qualified instruction, outside opportunities, and up-to-date tools and facilities.


Our quality teachers are integral to the learning process.  I will work to make Hopkinton a system where not only the best teachers strive to work, but also to create a place where our teachers feel supported and invested.  Similarly, I intend to work to retain our administrators by digging deep into the issues of recent turnover and creating an environment where the best are invested, and want to stay.


I am proud of the history of our town and the status of our schools in the country.   I want to partner with those focused on the betterment of the Hopkinton school system going forward. I am committed to bridging the gap between quality education and cost effective solutions to the hardworking taxpayers of Hopkinton.


I respectfully ask for your vote.

I can be reached at




Unfinished Painting

April 10, 2013 — Jacques Leduc, assisted by daughters Laura McGee and Jeannie Bloom, looks over the first half of his work this morning, which rather speaks to itself in its unfinished state.


Eyes on Owls
at Weston Nurseries
in Hopkinton
Sunday, April 14th
11:00 am & 1:00 pm
Cost: $7 per person. Limited Seating!

Everyone loves owls! Yet, how many of us
have ever seen a live owl up close?

Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls! They will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. You’ll learn the field marks, signs and naturalist’s skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing you to six live owls up close. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. Explore the world of owls with two talented naturalists and six lively owls, whose pursuits both near and far make this interactive program fun and educational!


Hopkinton Republicans to Caucus and Meet Friday, April 12th


The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee is seeking caucus candidates for the upcoming Town Elections. Hopkinton Republicans interested in serving as elected town officials can be placed on the May 20th ballot by running in our caucus.  To be placed on the Republican caucus ballot, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman by Thursday, April 11th. There are several open positions where candidates have not indicated their intentions to run by submitting nomination papers.  We are  actively recruiting candidates.


We  are  pleased  to  announce that in addition  to the Republicans that have submitted nomination papers, John  Ferrari and Todd  Holbrook have put  their names on the  Republican Caucus Ballot  to be  elected  to the  Planning  Board.  Both candidates have experience that well qualifies them for the Planning Board. John is the Chairman of Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee. Todd served previously on the Zoning Advisory Committee and was the Chairman of the Planning Board in Falmouth, ME before moving to Hopkinton.


The HRTC Caucus is from 5 to 7 pm in Room 211 of the Town Hall on Friday April 12th.  All registered Republicans and unenrolled voters are welcome to vote in our caucus.  Come to the caucus, vote and leave.  Or stay for the monthly HRTC meeting which begins at 7 pm.

The  discussions will focus on how  we  will support  our Republican candidates  for  town  office, town issues on the upcoming  Town Meeting warrant and the  upcoming US Senate  primary election. 




Hopkinton Running Club presents the
1st Annual Ashland State Park Trail Race

Saturday June 8th, 2013

 Park Gates Open 7:00 am
On-Site Registration 7-7:45 am
Race Start Time 8:00 am, Awards 9:30 am

Course Description:  
This is a great course! Novice runners will find it challenging but not too dangerous while more experienced runners will find it just right with many sections to really open it up and enjoy some speed! There are 2 distances being run - a 5K and a 10K. The 10K simply runs 2 loops on the 5K course.
All proceeds go to the Boston Children's Hospital League.
Contact: Race Director - Jerry Hughes jeromebhughes@yahoo.com 774-278-0495


  Police Incident/Arrest Log -- Most Recent Firstt   



Updated Wednesday, April 10, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

2 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.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Motor Vehicle Complaint Application.


Arrest Log

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

5:56 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Michael Richard Murray, 28, of Purchase Street, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street for a Warrant.

6:17 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Matthew A. Pittman, 31, of Reservoir Street, Mansfield, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Possession of Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Class B Substance.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

7:41 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding credit card fraud.

7:30 pm A walk-in reported that he was a victim of credit card fraud.

7:17 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with an individual on Legacy Farms regarding a violation of a town by-law.

4:53 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested the operator, a 28 year old male from Milford, for a Warrant. In addition, the passenger, a 31 year old male from Mansfield, was placed into Protective Custody and then arrested for Possession of Class B Substance, Possession of Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute.

1:09 pm A caller reported that a dumpster was being emptied on Hayden Rowe Street between the hours of 2:30 am and 3:00 am. Sgt. Joseph Bennett was able to get a contact number and will investigate.

11:52 am A Winter Street resident reported that her 9 year old daughter went outside ten minutes ago and hasn't returned home yet. The mother then called back five minutes later and stated that she found her daughter.

Monday, April 8, 2013

10:55 am Five officers responded to Hanlon Street to assist the Holliston Police Department with locating two males that knocked on a residents door then ran off.  One was described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a red sweatshirt.

7:53 am A caller reported that a motor cycle was speeding and passing vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.




HS Students to Talk About Their Displayed Artwork

April 11 at HCA

 7:00 to 9:00 p.m


HOPKINTON, MA (March 28, 2013) --- On April 11 the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) will be hosting a panel discussion featuring high school students whose artwork is on display at The Hopkinton High School Honors Arts Show.  Artists Lauren Ballantyne, Helen Gao, Katherine Ronan, Alexis Stefano, Jill Tomlinson, Aleck Venegas, and Lynette Winsham will speak about their creative processes and answer questions.  All are invited to this free event, which runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The Hopkinton High School Honors Art Show runs from March 28 to April 19 at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.


“Every year I am impressed with the talent that is exhibited at this show,” said Kris Waldman, artistic director at HCA.  “The quality of the art work is amazing – you would never know the artists are high school students.  It will be very interesting to hear what they have to say about the art they have created.” 


Sock Hop on Friday

Nancy L. Drawe



Are you ready to ROCK ‘N ROLL?  (File photo, above) The Hopkinton Senior Center ready for the Sock Hop that will be held at the center on Friday, April 12, from 7-11 pm.    The Great Room is going to be transformed into a blast from the past with all kinds of 50’s/60’s decorations.   This is the center’s THIRD Sock Hop and it’s going to be AWESOME!  The Reminisants, making their third appearance, will once again be playing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s—remember Runaround Sue?  At The Hop?  Surfin’ USA?  In the Still of the Night?  The Twist?  This is music that everyone loves!  Get all your family and friends together and come join us for a great night of fun and dancing!  Dress up in your glad rags—poodle skirts, saddle shoes, rolled up jeans, neck scarves, white shirts, bobby sox, circle skirts—anything from the era of the 50’s and 60’s!   Remember the dances from that time?  The Mashed Potato, The Swim, The Pony, Hand Jive and who can forget, The Twist!    This event is not just for seniors or Hopkinton residents; all ages and residents from other towns may attend.  Tickets are available at the senior center and are $12 each—light refreshments will be served.   So, let’s get rockin’ and rollin’ at theHopkinton Senior Center’s SOCK HOP!   For more information, call the center at 508-497-9730.


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me at Punkala@aol.com.  Until next time, have a great week! 



Hopkinton Historical Society &

the Ashland Historical Society Presentation


On Sunday, April 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., please join the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Ashland Historical Society at the Ashland Historical Society, 2 Myrtle Lane, Ashland.


Brian Plumb, a Hopkinton resident, will presents his new picture book of the Wayside Inn, show slides and tell the stories behind the pictures. 


•  In 1716, David Howe of the Hopkinton Howes, began what was then called a "house of entertainment” along the Old Boston Post Road, one of the first mail routes in the country (operating since 1673). 


•  Known as Howe’s Tavern, the Inn was an expansion of Howe’s own private home.  Business thrived by way of the busy coach traffic to and from the cities of Boston, Worcester, and New York. 


•  In 1746, David Howe passed the family business to his son, Ezekiel, who led the Sudbury Minute and Militia to Concord center at the beginning of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. 


•  Each generation expanded the Inn’s main building as business thrived. 


•  Learn about Henry Ford and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's involvement


•  Come hear more about the history of the Wayside Inn and its local connections via the Howe family of Hopkinton.


•  Program is free & refreshments will be provided after the program


For more information contact Ray Gendreau (Hopkinton Historical Society), email ray1942@Verizon.net or phone 508-435-9865


Coolidge Approval Appealed

April 9, 2013 — The approval by the Planning Board of a 12-home Open Space Landscape Preservation Development brought before them by property owners John Coolidge and Anne Richards on March 11, 2013, has been appealed by neighbors Michael and Margaret Bower, representing themselves, whose peaceful existence would be marred by the opening of a fire road to Upton State Forest, and a parking area for those who might want to visit it. The road is currently blocked by a tree apparently pulled down to prevent vehicular entrance. In addition, two new homes would be overlooking their property, according to the drawing above.

            The plaintiffs are representing themselves, naming as defendants in Land Court all of the members of the Planning Board as well as John Coolidge and Anne Richards.

            In their complaint, the Bowers allege that the Application Special Permit criteria and development standards  in three separate bylaws, is "...Legally untenable and in excess of the Planning Board's authority."

            The complaint further alleges, "The Decision is the product of procedures that were not in conformance with the Zoning By-Laws and other applicable law."

            The summary of the complaint alleges that the Planning Board granted a cluster development that provided more open space designed to protect neighbors, and then granted relief to the applicant that would circumvent the intent of the law protecting neighbors from encroachment. The complaint alleges that the board allowed a reduction of the buffer zone for open space from 100' to 50', placing the aforementioned road and parking lot within that zone.

             Land Court cases can take several months to a year to be heard, but Mr. Coolidge and his wife want to cash out now, move away and retire, according to Mr. Coolidge's public discussions with the Planning Board, on which he served as Chairman for several years. In another irony, Mr. Coolidge currently serves on the Town board, Community Preservation Committee, that approves previously collected tax money to purchase land, as well as other uses.

              The Coolidge/Richards property is listed on the assessor's website at $460,796. However, the approved permits make a property more valuable in an appraisal, costing the town more if it does move forward with Mr. Coolidge's plea for the town to purchase it.

               Below is the Bower home and the road off of Pond Street where the parking lot will be a few feet in if the appeal fails, and the development proceeds.


Practice Makes Perfect

April 9, 2013 — The girls varsity tennis team, under Coach Nancy Clark, who retired from teaching, but not from tennis,  practiced today to prepare for their match against Medfield Wednesday at home.


The Real Deal

April 9, 2013 — Dimitri Kyriakides, proud son of Boston Marathon winner of  the 1946 Boston Marathon running for Greece, Stylianos Kyriakides, poses with the original number his father used, as well as the medal he earned. The number is memorialized in the bronze sculpture, Spirit of the Marathon, behind him where Spyridon Louis  is showing his father the way. Louis was the first modern marathon winner. Mouse-over the photo to see the medal close up.



Town Manager/Board of Selectmen’s Office

18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748



                 Hopkinton Residents

Please do your part this Spring and Summer to help protect our Town’s waterways, wetlands and drinking water aquifers.


·         Consider using environmentally friendly fertilizers and pesticides for your yard;

·         Clean-up and properly dispose of pet waste;

·         Avoid flushing pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications; and

·         Adhere to lawn watering guidelines issued by the Town Water Department.


For further information, please visit our website: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/conservation

  or contact the Conservation Office at 508-497-9757.  Thank you.


The Hopkinton Conservation Commission



Town of Hopkinton Hires New Parks & Recreation Director


     The Town of Hopkinton welcomes its new Parks and Recreation Director, Jennifer Floyd.  Ms. Floyd is slated to step into her new role on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. 


Ms. Floyd comes to us with more than eight years experience in the field.  Her most recent position was with the Town of Belmont where she worked for nearly five (5) years as the Town’s Park and Recreation Coordinator.  In addition, Ms. Floyd was also the Social Staff Director for the Eastover Resort and Conference Center.  She has also held numerous volunteer assignments with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Strides for Change of Boston; the Children’s Physical Development Clinic; and the Massachusetts Special Olympics. 


Ms. Floyd will assume her responsibilities in the Park and Recreation Office located at Hopkinton’s Town Hall on 18 Main Street.



Public Hearing Notice

Appropriation Committee
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Hopkinton Town Hall, Room 211
6:30 PM
The Appropriation Committee will hold a public hearing to present the
FY2014 comprehensive town budget, Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM
in the Hopkinton Town Hall in Room 211.



Support for Amy Ritterbusch

    Letter to the Editor:


My name is Amy Mick and my husband Troy and I are writing in support of Amy Ritterbusch for School Committee.  I have been fortunate to work with Amy in several different volunteer roles within the HPTA, and what always comes through is Amy’s dedication to the schools.  Between the time she spends attending school committee meetings, and researching areas of interest and/or concern we are  confident that she would be able to transition seamlessly into the role, and know that she is aware and comfortable with the enormous time commitment School Committee Members need to volunteer.


Amy has a strong background, both professionally and in her many volunteer roles, in communications.  With the many challenges and projects that the School Committee deals with on an annual basis it would be a huge asset to have someone with Amy’s communication background to help keep the community abreast of the issues that the School Committee is working on, opportunities for the community to weigh in and progress being made.


Amy and her husband Tim have been in Hopkinton for nine years, and in that time they have both volunteered their time to help the community, especially the kids in town, whether it be the schools, scouting or youth athletics.  Their children are spread throughout our great schools, and Amy is familiar with the different challenges that face our children in the different schools. She will be ready to immediately jump in and make an impact, and help improve the communication to the community.


We would encourage you to take the time to speak to Amy and learn more about why she wants to get involved.  And then we hope you will join us in voting for Amy Ritterbusch for School Committee.



Amy and Troy Mick

11 Smith Road

April 9, 2013

Out of the Gate

April 9, 2013 — Junior Luke Moschini won this 100 Meter, as his team took the meet yesterday against Norton.


Helpful Neighbors

April 9, 2013 — Officer Thomas Griffin chats with Detective Timothy Brennan at a Holliston checkpoint yesterday afternoon during a manhunt for Breaking and Entering suspects in Holliston, in which Hopkinton provided several policemen and superior officers to help cordon off an area while police dogs followed the scent. The suspects were described as one wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and the other a red sweatshirt.

April 9, 2013 — This male mallard was feeling his oats on Blood's Pond yesterday, perhaps showing off to his mate, which was off-camera, while countless turtles watched the show from a dozen rocks in the pond.


April 9, 2013 — Above, Hopkinton High School student Joshua Perez spoke about determination and family love yesterday during the Hoyt statue dedication, promising the Center School students present that a simple "thank you" at home in  the evening would get them extra ice-cream. Scroll down to see a video of the event.