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 Hopkinton school district presented a tentative budget of $54,307,442, an increase of a little over 6 percent from the current budget, at a joint meeting Thursday with the Select Board and Appropriations Committee. This was the first look at a projected school budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The current budget stands at $51,206,402.
A former Hopkinton resident was sentenced to 41 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $348,000 from a Greater Boston dental office. Yuliya “Julia” Vaysglus, 36, was sentenced in federal court on Nov. 17. She had pleaded guilty in June to eight counts of bank fraud, one count of aggravated identify theft and three counts of filing false tax returns.
State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, along with Hopkinton veteran Mike Whalen, started a program to recognize local veterans who are working in the public sector. The campaign is called “Hopkinton in Service.” The first three individuals recognized are police officer Nathan Wright (Army National Guard), mechanic Ray Shehata (U.S. Army) and firefighter Rebecka Lapierre (U.S. Naval Reserve).
Enter Stage Left Theater will air its World War II-themed USO Christmas Concert online this weekend. The show is free, although a donation is requested. The airings are scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Photo of the Day: The Coopers — Michael, Wendy and daughter Kelsey — take part in the menorah lighting ceremony Thursday night on the Town Common on the first night of Hanukkah.
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