Weekly News Roundup – 08/16/2020

Weekly News Roundup – 08/16/2020

Covid-19 Updates & Precautions • Basketball courts outside middle school closed indefinitely • Massachusetts has released high school sports guidelines. What do they mean? • Hopkinton Teachers Association issues statement questioning safety of returning to school • Motorcyclist disrupts India celebration at Town Common • School Committee approves hybrid learning plan, Sept. 16 start date • Leonard Street development plan to be resubmitted after snag with Planning Board • Hopkinton teachers union continues talks with district, denies recommending remote learning • Early Voting Information • Hopkinton Police Want Your Drugs: Drug Take Back 2020 • Updated ROADWORK Notice • Hopkinton Awarded Regional Grant from FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program


Covid-19 Updates & Precautions

This page provides information, maps and resources about the coronavirus response in our local area.

Visit Hopkinton, MA – Coronavirus Response Hub

As of 8/7/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 136 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 1 of those cases are active, with 122 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard

The most recent update from Aug 14th includes:

Aug 14th Update

  • Hopkinton Public Schools
  • Hopkinton Middle School Basketball Court closure
  • “Stop the Spread” Free Covid-19 Testing Sites

The update from Aug 12th includes:

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly Public Health Report
  • Massachusetts Releases Enhanced Community Level Data on Spread of COVID-19
  • Hopkinton Senior Center
  • Hopkinton Public Library
  • Guidance for Travelers arriving in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Basketball courts outside middle school closed indefinitely

Crowds of players have been gathering at the courts nightly over the past few weeks to shoot around. Last Friday a group of high school and college players from outside Hopkinton showed up and played organized pickup games, which are not yet allowed under the state’s reopening plan.

Massachusetts has released high school sports guidelines. What do they mean?

All summer, athletes, coaches, parents, athletic directors and fans of high school athletics have been waiting for answers about if, and how, fall sports can be played. On Thursday, some answers were provided when the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) released its guidance for youth and amateur athletics.

Hopkinton Teachers Association issues statement questioning safety of returning to school

While we are insisting on answers to these questions about safety and teaching and learning, we are not opposed to any one school return option. We just want it to be safe for all and we want it to give us, as educators, a chance to deliver the quality instruction our students deserve.

 

Motorcyclist disrupts India celebration at Town Common

During Saturday morning’s India Independence Day celebration on the Town Common, a man rode his motorcycle around the common repeatedly, revving the engine and raising his index finger in the air, making it nearly impossible to hear the speakers at the event and leaving the event organizer feeling that it was an act of racism.

Event organizer Meena Kaushik said this is the first such incident she has seen at an India-themed event.

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School Committee approves hybrid learning plan, Sept. 16 start date

Hopkinton School Committee members agreed unanimously Thursday to start school using a hybrid model that combines in-person learning and remote education.

In this model, students would be assigned to one of two groups (which they would be told in about a week). Students in each group would attend school at home one day and then have in-person education the next. The other group would have the same schedule, but on opposing days.

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Leonard Street development plan to be resubmitted after snag with Planning Board

After finally receiving approval for his project from the Conservation Commission two weeks ago, Lou Petrozzi, president of Wall Street Development, appeared before the Planning Board on Monday night seeking an Approval Not Required (ANR) for the project.

The project originally was proposed as a subdivision of five houses and the construction of a paper street. But due to conservation issues the plan has undergone several changes, and now it consists of three lots/houses, all with access from the existing roadway of Leonard Street.

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Hopkinton teachers union continues talks with district, denies recommending remote learning

On Monday morning there was an email chain being circulated among Hopkinton families that claimed the Hopkinton Teachers Association was requesting remote learning for the entire school year.

Reached via email early Monday afternoon, Hopkinton Teachers Association president Becky Abate denied that the union had recommended remote learning for the entire year.

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Early Voting Information

The new election law passed by the General Court and Signed by the Governor has significantly expanded early voting, by-mail and in-person.  Due to occupancy issues at Town Hall, the Board of Registrars voted on 08/04/2020 to move early voting in person for the Primary to the Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew Street.  Voters will not use the main entrance and will enter through the library door and will exit through the side door once they have voted.  Mask wearing as well as social distancing will be required.

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Hopkinton Police Want Your Drugs: Drug Take Back 2020

Hopkinton police are asking for residents unused drugs and used needles. The department is one of many in the Commonwealth participating in the Drug Take Back Day on August 17.

Anyone interested in dropping something off can leave it at the department station lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 17.

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Updated ROADWORK Notice

Road paving has been rescheduled on the following streets [Details in the Notice]. Work hours will be approximately 7a-5p. Dates and times may need to be adjusted depending on weather.

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Hopkinton Awarded Regional Grant from FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $350,000 grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) program. The money, awarded jointly to the Hopkinton and Ashland Fire Departments, will be used to replace obsolete portable radios, bringing both departments into compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.

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Planning Board Actions Taken – 08/10/2020

1. Administrative Items

a. Zoning Articles for Town Meeting All approved unanimously. 

b. Board Appointments

  • Zoning Advisory Committee – Mary Larson-Marlowe, Jim Ciriello, Madhumitha Chandrasekar appointed – one open seat remains.
  • Design Review Board – Jeanette Thomson, Jeffrey Doherty, Deb Fein-Brug, Sue-Ellen Stoddard, Ria McNamara, Amy Ritterbusch (alternate), and Greg Maze (alternate) appointed. 

Approval Not Required – Leonard Street – Wall Street Development Corp. Proposal to subdivide three lots on Leonard Street. Withdrawn without prejudice

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