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Episode 18 of The HopTake: Jake Auchincloss

US Congressman Jake Auchincloss discusses the war in Israel, Donald Trump, Democrats' November strategy, China's role in global fentanyl trafficking, and federal efforts on PFAS. Additionally, Peter and Jimmy talk about HTA President Becky Abate, payroll issues at Town Hall, and the return of the Horribles parade.

Episode 17 of The HopTake: Election Special w/Clark and Herr

On this episode, Brian Herr and Joe Clark swing by the pod to discuss their post-election victory.

Episode 16 of The HopTake: Town Meeting Time

On this episode, we discuss the debates and outcomes from Annual Town Meeting. The team covers the FY 2025 operating budget, funding for HCAM, the Hopkins addition vote, spending for our firefighters, the appointment of Sgt. Tim Brennan, and much, much more.

Episode 15 of The HopTake: The Housing Crisis

On this episode, we are joined by Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities, Ed Augustus, whose department is charged in part with overseeing the implementation of the MBTA Communities Act. Also joining Peter as co-host is Chair of Hopkinton's Planning Board, Gary Trendel.

Episode 14 of The HopTake: Racism.

On this episode, Peter & Jim discuss the variety of comments the Select Board heard this week at public forum, including from one of its own members, who described his recent experiences with racism in our town. We also discuss the DA's decision to hold no one accountable for the town's leaking an alleged rape victim's confidential information. Also on the pod, Marathon Monday, exclusive new details on the Destini Decoff case, and the history of Hopkinton's first (and only?) hotel.

Episode 13 of The HopTake: Boston Strong with Dave McGillivray

Peter and Jimmy spend time with the legendary race director of the Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray. Dave has directed or consulted on more than 1,400 events throughout the world including the Boston Marathon, the Olympic Marathon trials, and the Olympic Games.

Episode 12 of The HopTake: Senate President Karen Spilka

On this episode, Peter and Jimmy report new details on the tragic Hayden Rowe road rage incident that left a woman on life support and her attacker behind bars. The pair also discuss the Hopkinton Select Board's continued performance review of the police chief, a proposed renovation of the Center School, and the complicated pursuit of clean water in Hopkinton. Plus, they take on early childhood education, the immigration crisis, and memories of the Boston Marathon with none other than special guest, Senate President Karen Spilka.

Episode 11 of The HopTake: Run Joe, Run!

On this episode, Peter and Jim discuss the entrance of newcomer Joe Clark in the race for Select Board, GPS in police cars, free speech is on the line at Public Forum, and 4x Superbowl Champion Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to visit Hopkinton. Plus, we add a new segment this week - Who Does What - where we offer listeners a brief overview of the inner workings of our Town Government. On this episode we profile the office of Hopkinton's elected Town Clerk, Connor Degan.

Episode 10 of The HopTake: No Action Indeed

On this episode, Peter and Amy are joined by State Representative James Arena-DeRosa, who represents Middlesex's 8th District. The trio discuss the Eversource LNG plant, his work at the state house to help Hopkinton mitigate PFAS in our water, and his ideas for sustainably funding HCAM-TV. In the news, we cover the Select Board's decision to take "no action" on the police chief, Governor Maura Healey swings through town, and we explore the plans for a replacement building for Hopkinton Drug. Plus, a brief history of the monuments that adorn the Town Common.

Episode 9 of The HopTake: Muriel Goes OFF

On this episode Peter & Jim cover the fireworks between the Select Board Chair and the Chief of Police, discuss the college admissions landscape for Hopkinton students, review a year in which the Select Board agreed on almost everything, say hello to a new business and goodbye to a good friend, and chat about the history of the oldest church in Hopkinton.