Hopkinton Today: Friday, Aug. 14

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Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a video or two to brighten your morning.

The School Committee met last night and approved the hybrid learning model (with remote-only option) for the start of the school year on Sept. 16.

The Hopkinton Teachers Association released a statement that was read at last night’s School Committee meeting. In it, the union expresses concern for the safety of students, teachers and staff.

Following a meeting of multiple town departments, the Health Department recommended that the basketball courts outside Hopkinton Middle School be closed indefinitely due to a lack of social distancing there. The rims were removed from all four baskets in order to ensure compliance.

INDEPENDENT POLL: Was it the right decision to close the basketball courts outside Hopkinton Middle School?
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A car collided with a wall at Carbone’s Italian American Restaurant on Route 85 last night, drawing multiple towns’ emergency personnel to help shore up the wall and make the building safe.

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts has a busy weekend planned. Tonight, the Concerts on the Patio series continues with Craig Carter and The Hurricane. Tomorrow, as part of the Saturday Sunset Jazz series, there will be a performance from the Nate Arrow Nextet. The weekend concludes with the Sunday Jazz Jam, featuring the MetroWest Jazz Project followed by a public jam session. All three outdoor events are live and free, but tickets must be obtained in advance.

Photo of the Day: Construction is underway on the expansion of Hopkinton High School. Six new classrooms are being added. The work is expected to continue until early 2021. Meanwhile, the work to add modular classrooms at Hopkins and Elmwood continues to progress. Click here to see more photos.

HHA addition
PHOTO/JERRY SPAR

Video of the Day: This guy has a lot going on at once.

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