Weekly News Roundup – 04/04/2021

Weekly News Roundup – 04/04/2021

Covid-19 Updates and Vaccine Information • Hopkinton Covid-19 Vaccine Information • HPS Covid Case Tracking • Town Health Department fines youth hockey program for COVID violations • From Hopkinton to Framingham, volunteers help teachers secure COVID-19 vaccine appointments • Schools prepare for K-5 full-time return Monday; Juneteenth holiday to be added • HPD partners with Middlesex Sheriff’s Office on training • Wilson Street solar array gets Planning Board OK after addressing stormwater concerns • Hopkinton seniors have new free transportation option thanks to MAPC grant • Free furniture/electronics drop-off event April 24 • Town party caucuses planned for early April • MAIN STREET CORRIDOR PROJECT Q&A – 3/30 AT 7PM • Resident hopes to start movement to preserve Old Town Road • ConCom continues discussions on proposed Chamberlain/Whalen subdivision • Select Board OK’s moving Town Meeting to May 8, Town Election to May 22


Covid-19 Updates & Precautions

As of 04/02/21, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 886 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 45 of those cases are active, with 824 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard which is updated frequently.

This week’s new Covid Updates include:

Related News and Resources: 

Hopkinton Covid-19 Vaccine Information

HPS Covid Case Tracking

HPS has created a new COVID case tracking dashboard by school, updated regularly- HPS COVID-19 Dashboard

Town Health Department fines youth hockey program for COVID violations

A youth hockey program was fined $2,100 by the Hopkinton Health Department for allegedly failing to ensure its players were following COVID rules following a team’s appearance in a tournament in Pennsylvania earlier this month.

From Hopkinton to Framingham, volunteers help teachers secure COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Parent volunteers are banding together to find Covid-19 vaccination appointment for teachers.

Schools prepare for K-5 full-time return Monday; Juneteenth holiday to be added

School personnel have experienced a “dizzying week’’ as they prepare for students in kindergarten through Grade 5 to return to school full-time Monday, April 5, superintendent Carol Cavanaugh told members of the Hopkinton School Committee at Thursday’s meeting.

“Everyone has been working enormously hard’’ to get ready, she said. Their hard work, she hopes, will make the transition “appear seamless to the children.’’

 

HPD partners with Middlesex Sheriff’s Office on training

Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian today announced that 24 members of the Hopkinton Police Department recently completed interactive, scenario-based training utilizing the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s (MSO) Mobile Training Center (MTC).

The training was conducted March 22-26 in Hopkinton.

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Wilson Street solar array gets Planning Board OK after addressing stormwater concerns

The Planning Board at Monday’s meeting voted 6-1 in favor of three respective amendments to the solar special permit and stormwater management permit for the proposed 2.4-megawatt solar array off Wilson Street.

Principal planner John Gelcich showed the board a March 1 email from Narragansett Indian Tribe representative Cora Peirce that indicated the tribe “will do onsite monitoring during the construction.”

King noted that the stones that were memorialized were preserved in the new layout. A sheet shows the location of the stones in relationship to the arrays.

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Solar By-Law – The Whole Story

 

Hopkinton seniors have new free transportation option thanks to MAPC grant

Carson started looking for other options, and last fall she found one: a transportation grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Because the organization was overwhelmed with applications, Hopkinton only recently was approved, Carson said. Starting April 1, the town will receive $40,000 to cover taxi/livery service for seniors (60 and over), veterans and those who are homebound due to a disability. Transportation can be not only to medical visits but for essential shopping as well.

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Free furniture/electronics drop-off event April 24

In honor of Earth Day 2021, Green Team Junk Removal and the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee are sponsoring a drop-off event for furniture and electronics. The event will be held on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately noon, depending on when capacity is reached. The location will be the north parking lot of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St. Residents should enter via the main High School entrance and exit via the Loop Road.

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Town party caucuses planned for early April

The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee caucus will be held Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., while the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will hold its caucus Friday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m.

At the caucuses, the parties nominate individuals to run for positions in the Town Election, which will be held May 22.

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MAIN STREET CORRIDOR PROJECT Q&A – 3/30 AT 7PM

eHop organized a Q&A session about the Main Street Corridor Project with the help of HCAM and Town Manager Norman Khumalo. with panelists consisting of town officials involved in the project. The session took place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Watch the session on YouTube and find out how it will affect your daily life and work in Hopkinton.

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Related News and Resources: 

https://hopkintonmainstreet.com/

Main Street Corridor Project – Construction Advisory #3

Marshall Avenue residents object to construction staging area

A number of Marshall Avenue residents spoke out about the storage of construction materials for the Main Street Corridor Project at the Carrigan Field parking lot on their dead-end street, saying it would negatively impact the lives of small children and residents with disabilities.

 

Resident hopes to start movement to preserve Old Town Road

Local resident and researcher David Cormier appeared before the Historical Commission at its meeting on March 2 seeking its assistance in preserving Old Town Road, which was first documented in 1732 as a dirt road.

Cormier began researching the history of the road as part of his research on Lake Maspenock, he explained. It served as the original cart path that early settlers used to travel between Hopkinton and what is now Milford.

 

ConCom continues discussions on proposed Chamberlain/Whalen subdivision

The Conservation Commission at its meeting Tuesday continued several subdivision requests on the Chamberlain Street/Whalen Road parcel until April 6, requesting in each case that the work be moved further away from the buffer zone boundary.

The property is where Chamberlain Street and Whalen Road — both dead-end streets — are to be extended, in the area behind the schools complex. Five of 29 lots were under consideration for the construction of single-family homes. Notices of intent had been filed for Lots 6, 12, 14, 24 and 26.

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Select Board OK’s moving Town Meeting to May 8, Town Election to May 22

At a brief meeting Tuesday night, the Select Board unanimously approved moving Annual Town Meeting back five days to Saturday, May 8, at 9 a.m. It will be held at the football field behind Hopkinton High School. Annual Town Election also will be moved back five days, to Saturday, May 22. The election will remain at Hopkinton Middle School’s Brown Gym.

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