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.
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.
A Hopkinton resident, despite not being in a high-risk group, discovered intermediate health risk levels of PFAS in their blood, raising concerns about the town's water safety. Recent filtration tank installations address this issue, but the question remains if they offset the possible long-term health consequences for locals who've consumed PFAS-contaminated water over the years.
A Hopkinton resident since 2004 and experienced in insurance, Dave Crowe expresses concern over the town's legal risks from actions by town officials and a police chief. Potential civil claims relate to the misconduct of a former officer, a breach of privacy, and a termination issue. Crowe warns of substantial financial implications exceeding the town's $8 million insurance cover, which could result in taxpayers bearing excess costs. He urges adherence to professional advice to mitigate risks.
John "Jay" Porter, former Deputy Police Chief, coached girls' soccer at BVT until May 2, 2023, despite being on leave since August 25, 2022, due to a felony child rape investigation. Controversy arose over his continued coaching during this period. But Police Chief Bennett could have removed Porter earlier.
Shocked by the Board of Selectmen's actions, Don Collins criticizes their treatment of a victim and Sgt. Brennan. He condemns the release of sensitive information, lack of a timely apology, and firing of the victim's advocate, Brennan. Collins accuses the board of deceit, non-transparency, and ignoring public sentiment, demanding accountability and reflection.
In a heartfelt letter to the Select Board, the author courageously shares their story of childhood sexual assault and lifelong trauma, expressing support for Sgt. Tim Brennan. Brennan, having chosen humanity over procedural duty by maintaining a victim's confidentiality, faces career consequences. Urging reinstatement, the author highlights the importance of compassion and the pain of bureaucracy.
Hopkinton resident Don Collins reminds the Select Board of the people they serve, and urges them to adhere to the will of voters and residents who have been vocal in their support of suspended Sgt. Tim Brennan.
Karen Crum questions the Hopkinton Select Board decision on Sgt. Brennan, raising concerns of corruption and inadequate policies in town government. Evidence suggests Sgt. Brennan promptly reported a rape case, unlike the misleading claims against him. The board's potential unfair action against him may result in significant legal liabilities for the town. Despite the complexity, a citizen's thorough investigation brings to light facts that challenge the board and police chief's narrative, encouraging transparency and accountability.
Tracy Martellotta, a Republican in Hopkinton, urges residents to overcome apathy and participate actively in town affairs. Noting the low voter turnout and recent events that mobilized citizens—including the Brennan case, school committee controversies, and financial challenges—the call to action highlights the need for accountability, informed decisions, and diverse opinions in the face of town mismanagement signs, such as high employee turnover and ill-conceived projects. Tracy advocates for engagement through various means as critical town meetings and elections approach.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a frequently updated page. Check back regularly for new updates.
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.
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.
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.