Advice in Hopkinton, MA

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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Clark and Herr Earn Seats on the Select Board

In the 2024 Town Election, Joe Clark and Brian Herr won seats on the Hopkinton Select Board, securing 34% and 33% of the votes respectively. Precincts showed varying support, with Clark winning in three of the five precincts. Both victors emphasized their dedication to budget management and the successful completion of school projects. The Select Board will choose their Chair and Vice Chair in an upcoming meeting. Votes not yet counted are unlikely to impact the overall election result.

Polls Are Open; Watch Live Election Results

Today is Election Day in Hopkinton with polls open at Hopkinton Middle School until 8:00 PM. Over 800 mail-in ballots have been collected, about 40% of those distributed. Voter assistance is available for those with vision or hearing impairments. Live election results will be broadcast tonight at 8:00 PM on HCAM-TV.

Election Day 2024: What You Need to Know

May 20, 2024 is election day in Hopkinton. Polls are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Here's a crash course on what you need to know to cast your vote.

Choosing the Next Select Board Chair

Hopkinton's upcoming election will significantly impact its Select Board with the voting in of two new members followed by a restructuring to elect a new chairperson and vice-chair. While every member holds equal voting power, the chair bears more responsibilities, including agenda setting with the Town Manager and generally serving as the board's spokesperson. Current Vice Chair Shahidul Mannan seeks the chairmanship, supported largely by party loyalists. Outcomes heavily depend on election results, with different scenarios predicting either Mannan or former chair Bryan Herr could prevail, influenced by the loyalties and previous actions of the board members.