Hopkinton Today: Friday, June 26

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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.

Select Board candidate Amy Ritterbusch responded to the latest criticism from incumbent John Coutinho regarding social media posts, and she questioned if he is not willing to listen to people who do not agree with him, while noting his complaints could be a distraction from racist and sexist attacks on residents in town that have come to light recently.

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley on Thursday delivered his much-anticipated report addressing the possibility of schools reopening in the fall, and as of now it appears likely that most students will return, with some restrictions. Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh emailed the Hopkinton Public Schools community with her thoughts on the update.

The Select Board met yesterday afternoon to discuss performance evaluations for Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Fire Chief Steve Slaman, and both received the highest rating the board could give.

Hopkinton-based Mental Health Collaborative finished second in voting for the Red Sox Foundation’s Impact Award for Massachusetts. As the runner-up, the organization will receive a $2,500 grant and be honored at Fenway Park.

Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention (HOP) is organizing a drive-in movie (“Nanny McPhee”) in the parking lot outside Hopkinton Middle School tonight. Registration is required, and there are limited spots available.

Video of the Day: A 9-month-old tries ice cream for the first time and immediately is hooked.

Music Video of the Day: Here’s the legendary Jerry Butler with “Only the Strong Survive.” Enjoy.

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