The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce is re-introducing its "Business of the Year" award in 2023, with Weston Nurseries named as the honoree. The family-run business is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the award ceremony will take place during the Chamber's Holiday Celebration. The event will feature foods with a 1920s theme, a cash bar, and a bonfire for marshmallow roasting.
The Lions Club of Hopkinton partnered with Unibank to sponsor Imagine Corps, an innovative learning program for teens. The donation funded a three-month mentorship for two local high school students. By 2024, the Hopkinton Board of Health Director plans to sponsor an environmental health challenge for teens as part of their Imagine Corps experience.
In Hopkinton, a new trend has emerged, of expressing gratitude towards Thanksgiving hosts who put immense effort into arranging the festivity. A meaningful gesture, such as a centerpiece, a harvest basket, or a scented candle, or even helping with cleanup or sharing a dish, serves as a significant acknowledgment of their hard work, especially after many families returned to formal sit-down dinners post-COVID-19. Thanksgiving is not just about feasting, but also appreciating those who facilitate the event.
Vice President and Regional Manager Bo Daley of UniBank donated $5,000 to Kelly Grill, Executive Director of Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), on Friday, October 20. The funds support the HCA's Wicked 5k fun run, an event that anticipates over 3,000 participants and is part of a larger Wicked Weekend.
The Town of Hopkinton is undergoing significant staff turnover, with key financial positions vacant.
With so much turnover, it prompted the question: What financial controls are in place, and who enforces them?
HopNews tested the town's accounting procedures with a fake invoice and received a real check from the town.
The town's financial practices, including a lack of vendor approval processes, poor expense categorization, and an unusually large number of vendors, raise questions about potential misuse of funds.
Furthermore, the absence of responses from town officials highlights a lack of accountability.
Epic pickleball mayhem is brewing, folks! Hopkinton Police are taking on both Westborough and Grafton PDs, spurred on by nothing but energy drinks and pure grit. Losers will hand over $500 to charity, the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in case of Hopkinton's 'inevitable' victory. Game date: TBD, stay tuned!
Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo is reportedly leaving his position for the private sector. Khumalo has served since June 2009, his appointment succeeding the abrupt resignation of former Town Manager Tony Troiano, convicted of manslaughter. Assistant Town Manager Elaine Lazarus will act as temporary town manager.