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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.

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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.

The 2024 Election will be Unlike any Other

Hopkinton is experiencing a shift towards nonpartisan local governance, embracing community service and competence over political affiliations, as seen with the passage of Article 2. Despite past toxic political discourse and social media misuse, residents are collectively rejecting negativity. There's a call to action for new leadership as the town prepares to undertake significant projects that will shape Hopkinton's future. The emphasis is on unity and positive transformation, inviting dedicated candidates to step forward for the upcoming elections.

Letter to SB: Suspend Chief Bennett Now

At a Hopkinton Select Board meeting, a citizen, Timothy Boivin, criticized the handling of a case involving the release of personal information of a child rape survivor by the police chief, despite an earlier apology from the board. Boivin condemned the board for firing Sgt. Brennan, who supported the survivor, while keeping Chief Bennett, whose actions may lead to a lawsuit against the town. Boivin urged the board to suspend Bennett, halt promotions, and seek the National Guard's aid in managing the police department to restore trust and protect the survivor.

Open Play Pickleball and Padel Coming to Hopkinton

Yev Galper is opening Open Play Pickleball and Padel Club in Hopkinton in Fall 2024. The club, featuring indoor and outdoor courts, caters to all levels.

Carol Hurley passes at 78

Carol Hurley passed away on February 13, 2024. Survived by her husband and three children, Carol was known for her community involvement and volunteer work, notably at St. John the Evangelist church. She leaves a legacy of family traditions and dedication to helping others find homes. Services will be held to celebrate her life, with donations directed to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Hop Kids Dominate Ping Pong Tourney

Hopkinton students won the Southern New England Scholastic Table Tennis tournament, with Neil Bhardwaj, Anay Bhardwaj, and Adelaide Luter leading the team to victory. They prevailed over Hendricken Academy and Hillside School in the final rounds. Twelve schools participated, with Hopkinton finishing 10-1. The event marked the second Winter meet at Rhode Island Table Tennis.

US Army Veteran Hank Allessio passes at 83

Henry "Hank" P. Allessio, 83, passed away on February 16, 2024. A beloved family man and veteran, Hank's life was marked by his service as a Signal Corps officer, a successful career in management consulting, and dedication to honoring veterans. He is survived by his wife, children, sister, and grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be held, followed by burial, with donations suggested to veterans' organizations.

Barbara Brennan passes at 85

Barbara A. Brennan (Smith) age 85, of Hopkinton, formerly of New Bedford, Newton &...

Episode 8 of The HopTake: Total Recall

In this episode, Peter and Jim discuss the petition to recall the Hopkinton Select Board and we receive an update on how many signatures have been collected. Also on the pod, police chief Joe Bennett and his role in Jay Porter's side job, the HDTC does an about-face and cancels their scheduled caucus, and the School Committee is seeking $49 million from taxpayers for the Hopkins Addition. Plus, we dive into the history of the Center School and how it came to be.

Hopkinton Firefighters Participate in Multiagency Federal Radiological Training Program

Chief Gary Daugherty is pleased to share that the Hopkinton Fire Department recently attended...

Dems Decide not to Caucus

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) has canceled their 2024 nomination caucus following controversy over defying a local measure to end partisan elections.

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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.
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