According to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce asked for and received the resignation of Darlene Hayes today. Ms. Hayes was a longtime business member and a member of the Board of Directors.
In a June 5 article, HopNews identified Ms. Hayes as having used more than 24 pseudonyms to make comments on HopNews and the Hopkinton Independent, many in the run-up to the May 15 School Committee election. The Hopkinton Independent followed up with a story several hours later confirming the same.
This is Hayes’ second resignation in as many days. Yesterday, executive members of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee announced that Ms. Hayes had resigned as their chair. Their statement read in part “Like many residents of Hopkinton, we were surprised and disappointed to read this morning about the online activities of our colleague and friend Darlene Hayes.”
While the Chamber has yet to issue a formal statement, they have updated their website, removing any mention of Hayes or her business, Hayes Event Management.