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HPD Announces hiring of 5 New Officers

The Hopkinton Police Department has hired five new officers after a thorough hiring process from over 30 applicants. Key contributors to the hiring process include Lt. Scott van Raalten, Sgt. Matthew Santoro, and several team members. The new officers will undergo extensive training and education about the Hopkinton community and specific law enforcement procedures.

HDTC Flexes; McSweeney Appointed to School Committee

In a 5-4 vote split along party lines, Kyla McSweeney was selected to fill Adam Munroe’s term on the School Committee, defeating Brendan Tedstone. Despite pressure on key members, McSweeney garnered support primarily from the Democratic Town Committee, while some highlighted Tedstone's negotiation experience. McSweeney will serve until May 2025.

VIDEO: Reaction to Town’s Attorney on Redacted Document Scandal

The Hopkinton Select Board received an update on the insufficiently redacted transcript scandal involving a 2004-2005 rape accusation against former Deputy Chief Jay Porter. Despite multiple missed chances to prevent the mistake, the Northwest District Attorney's Office found it unintentional. Town counsel expressed regret for the oversight's impact on the victim.

DTC Launches Campaign to Push McSweeney for School Committee

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) urged members to support Kyla McSweeney for School Committee through letter writing or public comment. Concurrently, a whisper campaign against her opponent, Brendan Tedstone, citing a past incident, has emerged. The Select Board and School Committee will vote tonight amid reported political pressures.

Select Board Roundup: Lazarus Appointed, Update on Unredacted Transcript

After interviewing each of the four candidates for 45 minutes, followed by a brief discussion, the Select Board (SB) unanimously appointed Elaine Lazarus as the next Town Manager for Hopkinton, pending successful contract negotiations.

Maureen Whalen passes

Maureen Elizabeth Whalen, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on the...

Hopkinton Real Estate Transactions for July 9, 2024

Nine properties were sold in June 2024: prices ranged from $490,000 to $2,208,656. Homes varied between 2-4 bedrooms and 1.5-4.5 baths with square footage ranging from 1,478 to 6,087. Seller agents included The Macchi Group, Toll Brothers Real Estate, and others. Transactions involved sellers and buyers from diverse backgrounds.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log for July 9, 2024

From July 1 to July 7, various incidents were reported to the police, including stolen vehicles, broken bottles, injured deer, lost personal items, suspicious activities, car accidents, and road rage. Animal control, fire department, and public services were also involved. Several reports involved lost and found pets, identity theft, and minor disturbances.

Joe Bachman Passes Peacefully

Roland Joseph Bachman, a Massachusetts resident since 1984, passed away on July 6, 2024, in Providence, RI. Born in Illinois, Joe served in Vietnam, later moving to Massachusetts and starting a carpentry business. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, two sons, four grandchildren, and his dog Ziggy.

Hopkinton, Please Meet Aiden Degan

On July 3, Town Clerk Connor Degan and wife Julia welcomed the birth of their son, Aiden Daniel Degan, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Both mother and baby are healthy. Town Hall and Select Board Chair Brian Herr shared their congratulations, and Connor thanked family, friends, and hospital staff for their support.

Select Board to Interview Town Managers, Receive Update on Redacted Documents Scandal

The Hopkinton Select Board will meet to interview Town Manager candidates, receive an update on a mishandled document release involving former Deputy Chief Jay Porter's alleged victim, and discuss the Eversource LNG facility's safety. They will also consider releasing Executive Session minutes from 42 past meetings.

Hopkinton Police Incident Log for July 1, 2024

Arrests On June 30, Hosanan Matias Veloso of Westborough was arrested on charges of: Negligent...