Weekly Roundup for 01/27/2019
Fallen Traffic lights rise in Hopkinton • Hopkinton police lieutenant, Joseph Bennett, to become deputy police chief • Trail Coordination and Management Committee Wanted • Town Election Candidates Needed • Framingham shifts money to cover $171K recycling shortfall • Islamic Masumeen Center MLK Day Event 1/27 • Hopkinton learns self-expression, gives back on MLK Day • Changes to HPS Calendar for 2019-20 • Frankland Road Historic Marker
Fallen Traffic lights rise in Hopkinton
It took more than 24 hours for the traffic lights that came down at the intersection of West Main and South streets to be reinstalled. As of 3 p.m. Friday, the lights were functioning and a company hired by the town reinstalled signs.
Hopkinton police lieutenant, Joseph Bennett, to become deputy police chief
Selectmen approved the plan to reclassify the lieutenant position to deputy chief and develop the job description and salary. A swearing in ceremony will take place in the future. Lee chose Bennett because he’s been with the department longer and serves as acting chief when Lee is on vacation or out of town. “It was just a natural progression to move him up to the next step,” Lee said.
Trail Coordination and Management Committee Wanted
The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen have approved the creation of a new Trail Coordination and Management Committee. If you have an interest in seeing the Town’s trail system expanded and improved, consider applying for one of the At Large openings.
Town Election Candidates Needed
Nomination papers are available! Considering running for local office, but don’t know where to begin? To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, April 1; or a person may qualify by being the top vote-getter in one of the town political party caucuses.
Framingham shifts money to cover $171K recycling shortfall
Regional News: In Massachusetts, some cities and towns suspended recycling services. The Department of Environmental Protection also granted waivers to several dozen communities to dispose of recyclables as trash.
Changes to HPS Calendar for 2019-20
Hopkinton Public Schools calendar for 2019-20 now includes Indigenous Persons Day instead of Columbus Day, and also adds Diwali, Lunar New Year and Eid Al-Fitr.
Islamic Masumeen Center MLK Day Event 1/27
On Sunday, January 27 (postponed from last week), the Islamic Masumeen Center invites the public to attend their Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at 1:15pm. Speakers will include Massachusetts State Representative, Carolyn Dykema and Town officials.
Hopkinton learns self-expression, gives back on MLK Day
Along with the dance’s lesson illustrating self-expression, hundreds of students and others took part in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, hosted by the Youth Commission. About 12 groups filled the gym with projects around tables. Atkins encouraged the crowd of more than 50 to know their self-worth and have confidence as they pursue what they are passionate about.
Frankland Road Historic Marker
Frankland Road is one of the earliest streets in Hopkinton. “It has huge historical significance, it was laid out in 1724 by the (town’s) founding fathers,” said selectmen Chairwoman Claire Wright.