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Editorial: Endorsing Ellen Rutter for Town Moderator

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I’m writing to endorse Ellen Rutter for Hopkinton's Town Moderator. Ellen grew up in a family committed to serving their community. She has applied those values to her life in Hopkinton over the years getting involved in local activities while working fulltime and raising her two sons. I’ve gotten to know Ellen over the last few years and consider her a friend. She’s a Princeton grad, holds an MBA from Fairfield University which she applied to create a very successful Marketing career in top companies.

Editorial: Supporting Sue Kurys for Commissioner of Trust Funds

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I’m writing to encourage voters to elect Sue Kurys for Commissioner of Trust Funds.

Editorial: Endorsing Mary Jo LaFreniere for Select Board

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I’ve come to know Mary Jo LaFreniere over the past few years mostly through her work with town. As a accredited assessor and former member of the board of assessors, she has the insight necessary to take on the budgetary challenges the town faces each year. Her knowledge of how the municipal finance is indispensable. Her dedication to the town is obvious, having served as Commissioner of Trust Funds and on the Tax Relief Committee, as well as serving on the marathon committee. Mary Jo’s background and dedication to our town, I believe, makes her an ideal candidate for the Select Board.

Editorial: Endorsing Shahidu Mannan for Select Board

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Over the past several months, I’ve come to know Shahidu Mannan through various meetings. I’m truly impressed with his background in business consulting, accounting and his knowledge of Municipal Finance. His previous work with the appropriations committee demonstrates his commitment to the Town, and also provides insight into the budgetary issues the town faces each year. I believe he is an asset to our community, and would serve our community well on the Select Board.

Irfan Nasrullah
Law Office of Irfan Nasrullah
81 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Editorial: Endorsing Mary Jo LaFreniere for Select Board

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Mary Jo LaFreniere served as District Coordinator in my Senate Office, Representing Hopkinton for 10 years. During that time, she exhibited, exquisitely, all the leadership qualities needed to be one of Hopkinton’s most effective Selectmen ever: she is organized, committed, energetic, intelligent, collaborative and enormously personable, even in stressful situations. Her “marathon” service to Hopkinton is legendary. Throughout all of the challenging situations she faced as the Senate District Director, she was always friendly, collaborative and professional.

Editorial: Endorsing Shahidul Mannan for Board of Selectmen

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Dear Editor,

I’m writing to encourage Hopkinton voters to elect Shahidul Mannan to the Board of Selectmen. Shahidul has served several years on the Appropriation Committee, is well versed in Hopkinton’s growth and financial management, and brings strategic management experience that will enable more proactive leadership by the board.

Editorial: Endorsing Claire Wright for Board of Selectmen

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Claire Wright for Selectman: A proven, dedicated leader

Having attended many community events and Board of Selectmen's meetings, I am impressed with Ms. Claire Wright's combination of passion for this community and practicality. She seeks to find common ground, bringing together people on contentious issues. She has a sound vision for the future of Hopkinton, and does especially well helping to balance the varying needs of the town. She is also not afraid to take a stand to protect the interests of Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Annual Town Meeting 411

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Below are links to information relating to several articles that are expected to be presented, tonight, at the Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting. Each is directly linked to projects of importance to Hopkinton’s economic health.

Of particular importance are Articles 41 and 42, which the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors opposes.

Hopkinton Chamber Urges “NO” vote on Articles # 41 and # 42.
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Editorial: Supporting Cynthia Esthimer for Commissioner of Hopkinton Parks & Recreation

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Cynthia loves Hopkinton, especially the Lake Maspenock community where she has lived for many years. She advocates for this natural resource, its environment, and even chairs the committee on weeds. Cynthia believes in an inclusive Parks and Recreation department with activities for everyone of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Her desire is to support and enhance offerings our Parks and Recreation are currently offering our community from sports, arts, educational initiatives and health & wellness programs.

Article 46 - The Aaron and Lucy Claflin House Historic District (76 Main St)

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On May 1, 2019 the Hopkinton Historic District Commission (HHDC) held a public hearing on the Preliminary Study Report for the creation of the Aaron and Lucy Claflin House Historic District (76 Main St), which is the subject of a Town Meeting Warrant Article (Article #46) submitted by the Hopkinton Historical Commission (HHC). The current property owner sought a demolition permit for the Claflin House; the Hopkinton Historical Commission then imposed a six-month demolition delay, which will expire July 4, 2019.

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