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Dear Allie: Boo Birds at Town Meeting

Alice offers advice to a resident of Hopkinton who expresses concern over uncivil behavior during the recent special town meeting. The writer notes that certain attendees undermined speakers and created an intimidating atmosphere, causing others to hesitate to voice their opinions.

Dear Allie: Getting the Spark Back

A Hopkinton woman struggles with feelings of complacency in her long-standing marriage and grapples with guilt for wanting a passionate relationship. Guest columnist Alice Sinclair gives her some tough love.

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Dear Allie: Handling a School Bus Bully

Mom Kristin from Hopkinton writes in to ask Allie for advice on helping her daughter deal with a school bus bully.

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Class of 2024 College Commitments

HopNews celebrates the Hopkinton High School Class of 2024's graduation and invites submissions detailing graduates' future endeavors. Send photos, names, schools, and majors to editor@hopnews.com for a frequently updated page. Check back regularly for new updates.

Class of ’24 Wants You to Win Chesney Tickets, Weekend at the Cape

Hopkinton High School's Class of 2024 is hosting an online auction from March 1-11 to fund senior activities, disrupted by their unique freshman year due to COVID-19. On offer are items like Kenny Chesney tickets and a cape house weekend.

Why does Sexual Assault of a Minor not Require Immediate Notification for HPD?

In 2018, Hopkinton Police Lieutenant John Porter established General Order 2018-0004, mandating immediate notification to the Chief or Deputy Chief in cases potentially implicating the department's liability or public interest. This included a list of critical incidents but notably omitted sexual assault of minors. The order required updating with leadership changes, leading to compliance challenges. A violation of this order was highlighted in the Kroll investigation report regarding Sergeant Tim Brennan's failure to report alleged sexual assaults of minors, although sexual assault was not specified in the order, raising concerns about the policy's adequacy.

A Year of Agreement for the Select Board

In 2023, the Hopkinton Select Board met 28 times, voting 227 times with a 97.3% unanimity rate. They had six split decisions on issues such as the high school graduation parade and joining the Regional Emergency Communications Center.